Results: FDMC Solo Challenge 2020

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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

Results: The Gwyn Jones Memorial Rally 2020

Courtesy of Graham Skeggs and John Murdoch:


FDMC GJMR explanation of navigation

FDMC GJMR results first half

FDMC GJMR results second half

Attached are the final results from the Gwyn Jones Memorial Rally. There have been some minor adjustments to the provisional results announced on the night, now that we have had the opportunity to look at the marshals’ check sheets. We have also considered the comments made as a result of the location of MTC11 not being given in any of the paperwork given to the experts, which meant that the final section had to be solved in order to reach that control, with a couple of crews then not making it in time. On reflection, we consider that the fair and reasonable course of action is to penalise OTL on the same basis as at a TC (30 minutes) rather than exclusion. This has not made any major changes to the results, but means that all finished, apart from Colin and Rhys who unfortunately experienced car problems half way round.

Firstly, many thanks to the marshals, listed below, who enabled the event to take place. Thanks to their support we were able to man all 11TCs and 5 secrets.

Congratulations to Ben Willshire and Derek Harden who, running as beginners, returned the best result of all. Whilst they had the benefit of marked maps, on such a complex route, with a number of not as map triangles, it was no mean achievement to get round the route without missing any of the boards, although they did record the only dummy board on the route, on the short way round a long way round triangle.

The best performance in the other classes, and therefore winners of the Gwyn Jones Memorial Trophy, were Chris Pratt and Glynn Hayward; congratulations to them. They persevered when things may not have been falling into place as normal, and ended up only missing two boards (and also recording the dummy).

We certainly intended the event to be reasonably challenging, wishing to reward the best navigators, and not just the fastest drivers, although we do hope that all did enjoy the route. However, we know just how hard it is to get the right balance, and from your comments it is clear that the navigation proved more challenging than we had intended. We attach brief explanations of the navigation handed out to experts, and whilst it is always so much easier to solve navigation in your living room rather than being bounced around in a rally car, it might be that you will now notice hints that you might have missed on the night, and that would have helped.

Many thanks for your support of the event, most certainly including the following marshals:-

Simon May, David Ley, Iain and Jim Morris, Steve and Wesley Warne, Bill Stewart, Andrew Parr, Steve Partridge, Elise East, Dan and Sam Middle, John and Harry Nicholls, Richard Dix, Dave Wilson, Bob Renwick, Roy and Tim Cuthbert, Neil Harrison and Nick Taylor.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a safe 2021.


Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media

Event: Not Yet Boxing Day Autotest 2020

FDMC present the Not Yet Boxing Day Autotest 2020 on Sunday 13th December at Brooklands.

Click here for the event Event Regs.

Click here for the Entry Form, then return to this page to pay for your entry using a card or Paypal:

Insert Driver Name

Click here for the  Current Entry List (this requires manual updating so your entry will not appear immediately).

Entries Sec is Simon Taylor , contact via email.

And good luck avoiding the Wooden Spoon!

Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media

Results: Brooklands Solo 2020

Here are the results for the FDMC Brooklands Autosolo which was held at Brooklands Circuit on 25th October 2020.

Congratulations to winner (Overall Lowest Time) to FDMC’s very own Keith Petit, pictured here on the course in his Austin Healey Sprite, and to Index Winner, Paul Prescott.

Final Results (Overall):

Results in full detail:  FDMC Brooklands Solo 2020 Results Overall.

Final Results (Index):


Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media, for the Organising Team

Event: Brooklands Solo 2020

Welcome to a brand new event for 2020, the FDMC Autosolo at Brooklands Circuit on 25th October. 

This event is in lieu of the Rushmoor Targa Rally which had to be cancelled because of Covid-19 restrictions.

As a thank-you to Club supporters, current members will have priority entry for the first 48 hours.

Here are the event regs.  To enter, complete the entry form (deleted), then return here to pay using a card or paypal: (deleted).

The current entry list is here (this gets updated manually so may not show recent entries).

Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media, for the Organising Team

Event: Rushmoor Targa 2020 cancelled

The Rushmoor Targa Rally, originally planned for November 8th 2020, has had to be cancelled because of Covid-19 restrictions.

The Committee is reviewing various options for a replacement event – probably not a Targa – and we will share any news asap (paid up Club members will be the first to hear).

Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media, on behalf of the FDMC Committee

Event: Sprint Royale 2020 (cancelled)

With sadness, the Committee announces the cancellation of our Sprint Royale event which was due to take place on 4th October.

Despite the best endeavours of the Organising Team, the restrictions imposed by the landowners have sealed the event’s fate.

Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media, on behalf of the Committee