Saturday 4th March 2017
Santa Pod’s 5th annual Dial in Day was yet again a great success with the biggest field so far for the event. This year we had a keen mix of first timers and experienced RWYB’ers; 43 vehicles arrived at the track ready to give bracket racing a go and expand their knowledge of this ever-growing sport we love.
We started off in the classroom with an in depth briefing from Ian Marshall, assisted by Paul Marston, covering all things bracket racing. Our pop-up ‘Christmas tree’ sat in the corner lighting up the room demonstrating the significance of those all-important sportsman reaction times and elements of staging. We would like to say a big thank you to all those that took the time out to help make the day such a success.
As the sun decided to make an appearance from behind the clouds, the track was ready and waiting. After everyone had a good warm up in the pits, the first round of qualifying got underway. This year was the very first time Dial In Day has included bikes to join in the full throttle action; we were pleased to welcome to the track Anna Sasiak on her Suzuki GSXR to learn the ropes.
The chaps from PistonHeads joined us in the impressive Audi RS7 and Porsche Panamera; Matthew Bird hit the ¼ mile in the Audi with a run of 11.69 secs reaching 121.71mph, the quickest run of the day. Ed Wiseman from the Telegraph also brought along a Volvo V90 to put to the test and check out all that bracket racing has to offer.
As the first round of qualifying came to an end it was clear to see everyone was beginning to put into practice what they had learnt about consistency, firmly finding their feet to hit their dial ins. In this first cycle, Karen Oates in her green Jaguar qualified first being an impressive 0.0060 off Dial In – well done Karen! The closest race was between Rob Creswell and Jamie Bartlem with a difference of 1.40m and 0.04 seconds seeing Jamie take the lead. The final of the first set of eliminations saw Steve West and Mark Medley battle it out, unfortunately Mark red lit handing the win to Steve.
So after a quick de-brief and turn around, it was back out on the raceway for round two. We certainly didn’t tire of hearing the unmistakable rumble of Adrian Portelli’s Dodge Charger – what a sound!? This round saw some noteworthy stats; Steve West’s outstanding 0.0002 reaction time was the best of the day also taking the second spot of 0.0081 and third of 0.0088! This second cycle saw Chris Barnes qualifying first with 0.0133 off Dial In. The closest race was between Chris Chisholm and Karen Oates with a difference of 0.42m and 0.0099 with Chris winning! The second cycle final encounter was between Rowan Wilson and Chris Chisholm regrettably with Chris red lighting with a foul.
Hopefully many of this year’s field will follow in the footsteps of previous Dial In students and winners, going onto race at The Festival of Power; we’d love nothing more than to see all of you that took part head off into the National Championships and get involved!
We’d like to say a massive congratulations to the overall winner Steve West in his Nissan Leaf and runner up Rowan Wilson in his Peugeot 406. Fantastic to see an electric car take the lead on the track and walk away with those well-deserved bragging rights along with a bespoke Christmas tree trophy! Hopefully we will see Steve return to the track at The Festival of Power with his free entry to race and put into practice all he has learnt this Dial In Day. After some number crunching it was revealed that his electric titan took the top stop by a very impressive 510 points!
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Dial In Day Reports:
Dial In Day 2017 Report
Dial In Day 2016 Report
Dial In Day 2015 Report
Dial In Day 2014 Report
Dial In Day 2013 Report