Tiedeman Trophy, Rounds 3& 4 CSCC Snetterton 18 October 2014
The signs for the meeting weren't good. A lovely new dual carriageway had been built to by pass a trouble spot on the A11 and was finished but coned off causing long delays. The timekeepers were late arriving and it looked as though we might not be timed. And it rained overnight. Oh, and some of the trophies had gone missing, lost between the carriers and the circuit. But CSCC don't let circumstances get in their way, and the organisation made sure we had a great day.
As the cars left the assembly area and reached the hairpin at Montreal, at least one driver was glad he wasn't first out because he thought we were on the 300. Good job Tony Bishop who was first out does read the finals. Tony was on pole in the “wet but not raining” qualifying session. It was a bit of a surprise that it was by over a second from Malcolm Scott, who in turn was ahead of Ray Rowan's F3 spec F305, and returnee Keith Linforth, once more in Peter Venn's F399, and 8/1000 behind Ray. At 90mph that's 32cm. Nigel Davers led the non-Dallaras in the JKS TFR10. I think this is the first time I've seen 2 Team Fern JKS's out together, certainly an impressive sight, and in fact Geoff followed Nigel on the grid.
Kevin Couling's smooth style led the Classics, which considering the rapid Shane Kelly was next up must have given him some degree of pride, though it must be said that Shane's car didn't seem quite on song. Jake Mays is not completely new to Mono having raced with us a year or so ago, but he is experienced in karts. Sadly a misfire troubled him while Pedro Ferreira had some major problems and only did 2 laps.
If Classic was principally relatively new youngsters then I hope I'm not going to offend the 1800 class by describing them as well established Mono men we haven't seen as often as we would like this year. Steve Griffin flew in specially from his new home in Dubai for the Tiedeman Trophy. For such an auspicious occasion, no expense was spared and he chose only the best to run him - Ashton Under Lyne's internationally known Dermot “no pictures” Healy. He qualified first and was followed by Marcus Sheard and a brave Jonathan Baggott, on slicks in the damp. The 1600 class shared poles between races between Eddie Guest and local man Steve Mellish, with Tony Cotton bringing up the rear.
Tony Bishop took the expected lead but Malcolm Scott hunted him down.
After 3 laps Malcolm took the lead, while Tony chased. After they had
started lapping on lap 5, Tony tried a move at Murray's chicane which
didn't work. Both went off, Malcolm with a deranged left steering. As
they had requested a common garage, they could be described as team-mates,
and the Lewis/Nico at Spa affair came to mind....However, Mono is for
adults and all was resolved.
Rain threatened on several occasions but never arrived so the happy remaining 14 cars lined up on slicks. Two non finishers from race 1 reappeared, Pedro's gearbox woes cured and Jake firing on all cylinders.
At the front it was a rescripted version of race 1 – Tony Bishop got away first, but was overhauled by Malcolm Scott, who held the place to the end, Tony staying around a second in arrears. Ray Rowan was frustrated at the lack of pace in his F305 citing tyre issues; he tried a bit too hard and spun off at Murrays which brought out a well managed safety car while he was recovered. Full marks must be given to the very alert marshalls who prevented an incident when the recovery vehicle attempted a vectored tow.
With the race resuming on lap 7 for a final 4 lap sprint Nigel Davers built a 6 second lead over TFR team boss Geoff Fern, slowing slightly on the final lap. Pedro Ferreira in a fully functioning car, for which praise to his University of Wales team, unsurprisingly leapt from the back of the grid to 7th by lap 1, 6th by lap 2 and then had a battle with fellow UoW racer Kevin Couling to swap places around 5 and 6. 5th fell to Pedro when Kevin's car stopped within yards of the flag. Undaunted, Kevin got out and pushed to the finish to be told that (a) he needn't have pushed as it didn't count and he was classified 13th based on lap 9 (b) he did a cracking impression of Nigel Mansell CBE at Dallas 1984 or Sir Jack Brabham at Sebring 1959.
Marcus Sheard and Jonathan Baggott had a lowly qualifying position, starting at the back but JB was up to 8th by the end of lap 1 and Marcus to 10th. By lap 2 Marcus had passed Jonathan, and this was the order at the end. Steve Mellish joined in the fun and swapped places several times with Jonathan, eventually losing out to the Zetec, but both had a good time. The Steves Mellish and Griffin spent much of the race close together, but Steve Griffin wasn't able to pull a move, so ended 9th. Jake Mays had a slow getaway from the grid, fortunately with no problems to anybody else, and was soon past back marker Tony Cotton, and then Eddie Guest who finished as second 1600.
And so with an outright win, 3 class wins and a second, Geoff Fern lifted the Tiedeman Trophy at the end of the day from a delighted Sue Tiedeman who attended with son Joe. It's always good to see these two who give us a direct link to the founding of our club and are such enthusiastic supporters. It was also good to see some new faces, both racing with us and coming to have a look, and we hope we will see them on the grids next year.
A final thanks to CSCC for a very enjoyable meeting, run with friendly
efficiency, for some very intelligent decisions, and for allowing us to
have the garages.
PS It will not have escaped the intelligent reader that the above piece was written by a competitor in the event who spent time between the races sorting out his car, talking to some keen potential competitors and eating his lunch. This left little time for asking people the facts and so if I've got anything wrong, confused or mixed up please first of all accept my apologies and email me by clicking here with corrections, or even quotes or anecdotes. I love quotes and anecdotes.
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Shane Kelly, off at Montreal
Tony Bishop and Malcolm Scott side by side
No damage resulted from this race 1 incident
Pedro Ferreira, Jonathan Baggott and Steve Mellish at Murrays
Ray Rowan gets it a bit sideways......and is unlucky to become stranded on the kerbs.
Steve Griffin leads Eddie Guest
Kevin Couling pushes over the line.
Pictures by Andrew Cliffe /Norwich Photo, except those below from the internet.
Jack Brabham pushing to the first World Championship for a rear engined carNigel Mansell at DallasTony Bishop and Malcolm Scott at Murrays