Mount Stuart Invitational Rallysprint 22/09/02 Last week GMC-MOTORSPORT were concentrating on preparing the car for the forthcoming Milltown Stages at Elgin on the 28th September, that was until we received a call from the organisers of the...
Mount Stuart Invitational Rallysprint
Last week GMC-MOTORSPORT were concentrating on preparing the car for the forthcoming Milltown Stages at Elgin on the 28th September, that was until we received a call from the organisers of the Mount Stuart rallysprint on the island of Bute.
The event was to mark the 50th anniversary of Lanarkshire car club, the club who along with Johnny Dumfries (Earl of Bute) made the event possible.
The rallysprint consisted of four timed runs over a 1.6 mile tarmac circuit within the magnificent grounds of Mount Stuart House with the first two stages running in a clockwise direction and the latter anti-clockwise.
The day could not have been better for us with the weather staying dry, sunny and very hot the whole day.
Stages 1 and 2 began very well with the start line being in front of a grandstand full of spectators and the Scottish Television cameras capturing our every manoeuvre broadcasting live to the estimated Five thousand spectators viewing the stage at various locations with large TV screens.
The car was running great although, coming into the first chicane on cold tyres and cold brakes caused the rear of the car to locked up and send us sideways, but we managed to control the slide and continue through the stage with no other incidents stopping the clocks at 1m 59s.
Stage two started with the brake bias being adjusted with more braking to the front of the car thus, hopefully controlling the car on heavy braking. This seemed to work throughout the stage with a very fast run and looking good for beating our time by at least five seconds, when coming into the final chicane heavy braking again forced the cars rear end to lock up and sent us into a spin in the middle of the straw baled chicane.
As we had already slotted first gear to exit the chicane prior to our "moment" we managed to keep the engine running and sped away providing the television cameras with some entertainment and giving them a flash of the lights and a toot of the horn we went on to stop the clocks at 2m 02s only three seconds slower than the previous stage.
Stages 3 and four were run in the anti-clockwise direction and were slightly quicker. We again managed to avoid any straw bales or scenery and stopped the clocks at 1m55s.
Stage four was the final run of the day and by far the fastest due to another competitor driving straight through the two chicanes and making the long straight even longer not having to slow down for the chicanes. This final lap we managed a time of 1m 35s the best of the day.
We thoughrougly enjoyed our day on the Island of Bute and hope all the spectators enjoyed the entertainment we provided. Hopefully we will be invited back next year, as the event can only grow bigger and better.
The event will be televised on Scottish Television over the next couple of weeks and we will inform everybody of the proposed date if we have prior knowledge.
The car came back with virtually no damage, but as usual, will be inspected, tested and of course rolling road tuned before next weekends Milltown Stages.