Results: FDMC Solo Challenge 2020

Article courtesy of Paul Prescott:

FDMC Solo Challenge 2020 Results

There we were, all ready for another fabulous season of Soloing, and March hit us! First, the Isle of Wight Sprint was off, and we all dashed about cancelling our ferry and accommodation bookings, and then things got worse. The April Solo had to be cancelled, along with Sutton & Cheam’s Long Course Sprint, and we slowly realised that no one knew when we would be able to play again. Our cars stayed at home, and for some of us, our bikes were dusted off and tyres pumped up. The spring and summer weather were glorious! But it seemed unlikely that it would be worth trying to run a Solo Challenge in 2020.

Then, during June it appeared that some activities might be allowed to start up again in some way the following month. Negotiations at many levels were being conducted, and so plans were put in place for a Solo in early July at Bordon. Lots of hard work interpreting and incorporating new “rules, regulations and guidance” was conducted, and the green light was switched on. Then, even before the July event happened, the Long Course Sprint came back on the calendar for August. So our management team sprang into action again and we had some regs out for a Solo on the same day at Abingdon.

The July event at Bordon ran well, so the team for the September Solo tweaked the paperwork in the light of evolving understanding of the world situation, and we had a third Solo attracting entries. Three steps forward! But then, one big step back… Some bright spark within the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) decided to interpret “rules, regulations and guidance” in a totally different way to the rest of the world, so an entirely different way of running an FDMC Solo was rapidly devised by our hard pressed team. Although not ideal, and incredibly stressful for the team, it worked! We now had three sets of results, and if we took up the option to include Southern Car Club’s Kempton Park October Solo in our Challenge, maybe we could work out some winners for 2020 using the best three scores from four events.

Well, we gathered together all of the results and generated a table, as in previous years. So what did we find? All will be revealed!

Class A, for pre-1980 cars has a new star! New member David Benjamin competed in 3 of the 4 rounds, and came out well clear of 4 others to win the class in his Mk1 Escort.

Class B for saloons up to 1400cc had 17 contenders, although no one managed to score in all 4 rounds. However, with the help of well-deserved organiser’s points, Peter Manning came out on top, heading off Jon Maddison’s Fabia by less than two points with the help of his (t)rusty Mini! Actually, that description better suits my car (PP). ☹

Class C for saloons 1401 to 1800cc did one better with 18 contenders. David Ley must have been desperate for a trophy, as he competed hard in all four rounds in the Pugeot 206, coming out 4 points ahead of the first Junior driver, Thomas Eckett in the MINI Cooper. The only other driver in class C to score in all 4 rounds was the next Junior, Elliot Downer, finishing a fine fourth in the class in his Ignis Sport.

Class D for saloons over 1800cc was less well supported this year, with David Wright bringing the Civic home ahead of 10 other scorers with three good scores.

Class E for production sports cars produced 22 scorers, and 5 of these scored in all 4 rounds. The battle between father and son, Jim and Claude Matons was resolved with Claude just half a point ahead of dad. But neither could match Kraigy, who proved that you can’t beat a borrowed car, with 4 first in class scores.

Class F for everything else proved a challenge for Keith Pettit and the Sprite this year. But he still came out in 2nd place from seven scorers with the help of those equally well-deserved organiser’s points. However, the star of the class was definitively Kacper Potyra, who still as a Junior, has the added handicap of hauling his dad around the course in the passenger seat of the Citroën C2. Kacper finished 3 points clear of Keith.

OK, I know the suspense is killing you all. You just want to know who were in the top three places overall. You’ve probably guessed that it’s seemingly impossible to beat a consistent winner in a class of 22, and that’s right Kraigy Haughton coaxed a winning 39 points out of his dad’s standard MX-5. Congratulations, Kraigy!

2nd overall, with 32.25 points was Kacper Potyra, whose future performances look set to be even more astounding. Keep up the good work, Kacper!

3rd overall, and we’re back in class E with Claude Matons and the Mk2 MX-5 on 31.5 points, leaving the class award to dad, Jim in the supercharged Mk3.

As hinted at earlier the award for the best Junior passed from Kacper to Thomas Eckett from class C, who finished with 26 points in 11th place overall out of 76 points scorers. Well done Thomas. But watch out, Elliot’s on your tail!

PDF of results:  2020 SOLO challenge overall results.

Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media

Event: September Solo 2020

Welcome to our September Solo for 2020, to be held at Bordon on Sunday 6th September.   This event is part of the FDMC Solo Challenge 2020.

Here are the event regulations (revised 29/08/20): Sep Solo 20 Regs.

A note on car sharing: car sharers must be from the same permanent household.  Similarly, Juniors must be accompanied by an adult from the same permanent household.

To enter, fill in this online entry form, then return here to pay for your entry with a debit card, credit card or Paypal:

September Solo Entry Type

Click here for the current entry list.

Please note: FDMC member entries and the first ten ACSMC Championship entries will have priority for the first three days after publication of the Regulations. This will also apply to all Junior non-RTA drivers.

We look forward to another great event, thank-you for your interest, the FDMC Organising Team

Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media

Sharing: Motorsport UK Opens Throttle on Restarting Motorsport from 4th July

Posted on the Motorsport UK website here.

Wednesday 27 May 2020

Motorsport UK has announced that in anticipation of motorsport restarting in the UK from 4th July, it is inviting online permit applications from 1st June 2020.

Motorsport is currently suspended throughout the UK until 30th June 2020. Following ongoing positive dialogue with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and having set out its strategy and anticipated conditions for restarting motorsport disciplines, the governing body is now moving to its next phase of getting the sport back on track. Further details will be communicated following the next Motorsport UK Board meeting of 3rd June.

Any resumption of motorsport is contingent on event organisers demonstrating that they can plan in accordance with the recently published, “Getting Back on Track” guidelines of Motorsport UK, while respecting government guidance on social distancing.

Motorsport UK is also acutely aware that different devolved territories of the UK may be moving at different paces in easing restrictions; any application for an event permit will be subject to approval based on the prevailing government advice. The move is also contingent on governments continuing with measures to open up society and that further restrictions resultant of any additional waves of COVID-19 are not required.

David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, commented“In March, Motorsport UK moved quickly and in line with government to suspend motorsport, while everyone’s priority was restricting the spread of this terrible disease and protecting the NHS. It is now right that, as government has set out plans to ease restrictions, we move in step and introduce the next stage of our phased restart. Unlike many sports, motorsport in the UK is an industry in itself, employing tens of thousands and contributing billions of pounds to the UK economy.”

“We always said that, when the conditions were right, we would take a responsible decision to resume motorsport in order to sustain the sport, jobs and the economy. We have explained our plans to government and are fortunate that motorsport takes place outdoors over large controlled spaces. Our plan is that, subject to government advice and ongoing lifting of restrictions, motorsport will resume from 4th July. We are making this announcement now as event organisers, venues, preparation specialists, the supply chain, volunteer Marshals, Officials and Competitors all need time to put in place their plans.”

There will be a number of caveats of granting event permits, including that event organisers commit that their events will be held behind closed doors, appropriate PPE requirements are met, and that each organiser must appoint a COVID-19 officer to ensure compliance with any relevant guidelines. Furthermore, there will be a limit on the number of permits issued for July to 50% of those in the corresponding month of 2019, in order that there are sufficient volunteer Official and Marshal resources available to support the restart in a safe and responsible manner. No national or British championship events will take place in July to reduce potential national and international travel (excludes FIA championships).


LATEST: Abingdon CAR-nival 2020 postponed

From the Event Director, Barry Guess, on 24 March 20:

Subject: Abingdon Motorsport CAR-nival

I am sure most of you are wondering where we stand regarding the 2020 Abingdon Motorsport CAR-nival planned for 6th / 7th June.

Following government announcements and guidelines from Defence Infrastructure Organisation advising the suspension of 3rd Party Casual Uses of MoD property until 1st July, sadly we have no option other than to postpone the event.

I am working with Dalton Barracks to establish a potential target date for a re-arranged event (as well as a new date for the Long Course Sprint) and I would urge those of you who attended the initial planning meeting to give thought to the issues and tasks raised at the meeting, particularly with regard to stage layouts.

Please look after yourselves and keep in touch via social media or email.
Best regards
Barry Guess

Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media


FDMC policy re Coronavirus (updated 17 March 2020)

FDMC statement: Our Club will continue to follow Motorsport UK’s guidance on Coronavirus and other policy areas.

Summary: “… Motorsport UK is suspending all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption until at least 30th April 2020. This suspension follows the latest guidance issued by HM UK Government in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. This position will be constantly reviewed given prevailing information”.

Read Motorsport UK’s latest announcement in full here.

Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media



FDMC Event: Rushmoor Targa 2019

Welcome to the FDMC Rushmoor Targa Rally 2019, to be held at Rushmoor Arena on Sunday 10th November.

Here are the event regs: 2019 Rushmoor Targa Regulations v3.

Online entries and payment are preferred: click (deleted) then make your payment (form also deleted).

Current entry list is here (this gets updated manually so your entry may not appear immediately).

Marshal registration form here.

Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media.