By George Row. Photos by Matthew Wylie.
Six inches of standing water on the doughnut and drizzle greeted us at the Driver Training Course. Cancellation was not an option so the track was modified.
For those yet to discover the wonders of the DTC, it is a separate track outside the main Lakeside circuit and would best be described as a horizontal hill climb. It’s a timed single car event taking 45-60 sec. The dozen or so corners are very challenging but with plenty of run-off, damaged egos have been the only casualties in the last three years.
The modified course for the day used only half the doughnut in reverse so times couldn’t be compared with previous events and the rolling showers made each of the seven runs completely different.
Dick Reynolds planned to video various corners but because of the rain didn’t get set up until the last run, when it looked like it had cleared. By the time he’d lined up there had been another shower and he managed to record a spectacular lose on the finish line, threatening to wipe out not only his recording equipment but also our new timing equipment.
Nearly half of the 40 contestants were Lotus and the weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm as the pictures show.
DTC Times | 11 March 2018
|Daniel Duffield||1998 RPV 01 (Course 2)||29.064|
|Greg McHugh||2017 Ford Focus RS||44.730|
|Mick Sorrell||2016 Ford Focus||45.229|
|Roger Morrison||2016 Ford Focus||45.455|
|Kris McKerron||2004 Lotus Elise 111R||45.846|
|Phil Hart||2012 Lotus Elise||46.207|
|Lindsay Close||2007 Lotus Exige||46.381|
|Dick Reynolds||1988 Caterham Super 7||46.509|
|John Flynn||2014 Lotus Elise||46.867|
|Andrew Row||2005 Lotus Exige||47.085|
|Jon Young||1988 Caterhan Super 7||47.165|
|Daryl Wilson||1998 Caterham Super 7||47.297|
|Stephen Foss||2008 Westfield XTR2||47.551|
|Leigh Achterberg||1980 Porsche 944||47.758|
|Troy Jackson||2014 Subaru BRZ||47.785|
|Mal Gray||2002 Lotus Elise||48.030|
|Rhys Watson||2013 Renault Megane RS265||48.143|
|Peter Cox||1990 Mazda MX5||48.337|
|Steve Arlidge||1989 Suzuki Swift||48.730|
|David Holman||2007 Ford Fiesta||48.774|
|Joshua Luckel||2002 Mazda RX7||49.051|
|Stephen Blackie||2010 Lotus Elise CR||49.748|
|Angus Watson||2013 Renault Megane RS265||49.938|
|Addison Flynn||2014 Lotus Elise||50.026|
|Mal Kelson||1997 Lotus Elise||50.161|
|Steve Lennox||2008 Lotus Europa||50.564|
|Krisian Steentrup||2006 BMW I30||51.396|
|Matthew Nayler||2000 Subaru BRZ||51.497|
|John Pearce||1991 Nissan Skyline GTR||51.641|
|Mica Steenstrup||2006 BMW I30||51.941|
|Kristy McAndrew||1991 Mazda MX5||52.659|
|Alexander Canning||2004 Lotus Elise 111R||52.830|
|George Row||2007 Lotus Elise||53.352|
|Lloyd Jones||1969 Lotus Europa||53.568|
|Berenice Stratton||1991 Mazda MX5||55.810|
|Michael Jones||1969 Lotus Europa||59.216|
|Jack Toohey||1989 Mazda RX7||59.427|
|Graham Sorenson||2003 Lotus Elise||61.261|
|Susan Goodhew||2010 Lotus Elise CR||64.683|
|Evan Lambkin||2007 Holden Clubsport R8||DNR|
|Mike Driscoll||1976 Jaguar D-Type Replica||DNR|
|Robin Smyth||1970 Ford Escort||DNR|
|Evan Molloy||2006 Lotus Exige S||DNR|
|James Driscoll||1976 Jaguar D-Type Replica||DNR|
|Juan Laporta||2013 Lotus Elise S2||DNR|
|Chris Saunders||1974 Ford Escort||DNR|
2017 Lakeside Raceway DTC Round Up
By Daryl Wilson
Since the first LCQ Lakeside Driver Training Centre Timed Laps back in September 2011, these events have become extremely popular and gone from strength to strength. This year’s four Lakeside DTC events were no exception with many old and new faces keen to test themselves and their cars.
The success of the Lakeside DTC events has also been largely due to the many LCQ members who help set up and run them on the day, so a very big thanks to all of you.
As part of the Club’s annual presentations we have included a small trophy for the best LCQ member performance over the year. When reviewing the 2017 Lakeside DTC results it was difficult to assess the results and agree a winner.
Initially we looked at how many events each LCQ member had entered and agreed no one had entered more than three events.
Secondly, we looked at each event and identified the three best performers based on their Best time and where they finished on the day, but that also was not conclusive.
Lastly, we aggregated the Best times for each of the three best performers for each of the three events in which they had entered.
Amazingly Liam Philp and Martin O’Brien each ended up with a total aggregate time of 141.656 seconds for the three events they competed in – see table below.
Dick Reynolds on the other hand, had a total aggregate time of 141.042 seconds for the three events in which he competed in – see table below.
Hence Dick was declared the winner of the 2017 Lakeside DTC Trophy with a winning margin of .614 of a second. Hardly a resounding win and we are not competitive, but I am sure Dick will dine out on it for many months to come.
|DTC Event||Dick Reynolds||Liam Philp||Martin O’Brien|
|Place||Best Time||Place||Best Time||Place||Best Time|
Dick Reynolds winner by .614 sec
Congratulations to Dick, Liam and Martin and thanks to everyone who either helped or competed in these events. We look forward to more close competition in 2018.