I've been away in Leeds and haven't had time to log on.
The SMRC opener is in April at Knockhill but I don't know about a March event at Croft. The problem is, we still haven't had confirmation of the dates from the SMRC. We haven't even received our membership renewal forms yet.
Knockhill are still working on getting more series to fill the calendar but no one seems to know what has confirmed yet - our dates may still change so don't book holidays yet!
Chaos and confusion all round, then Hope Knockhill manages to find some other series, as well as the SMRC, cos it'd be great to have some visiting series too Hope the SMRC sort their dates out soon, too.... at the very least we need to be sure what's going on for Croft round for holiday bookings and the like, even if the Knockhill ones are generally fine to get to - as long as they're not two-day meetings, of course, seeing as KF works Saturdays sometimes
Just to confuse matters even further, from Stuart Gray's comments, the BRSCC meetings on August 24th is apparently for all the SMRC classes as well over 2 days.
This is going to be a nightmare for us as it now reads for August/September: -
August 10th - Knockhill August 24th - Knockhill - over 2 days Sept 6/7th - Croft (Expensive!) Sept 14th - back to Knockhill
It's bad enough when we race once a month but as the calendar is as above, I can guarantee that a lot of drivers will miss out the Croft round due to costs and time away from work etc. - oh yes - and COSTS!!
Ouch - that's pretty mad! Has anyone told the SMRC about this yet? Maybe they don't realise the drivers are concerned about it... might be an idea to mention it, anyway, as frankly, even without the two previous meetings Croft one week with Knockhill the next will mean some people skipping Croft, and some more having to miss Knockhill cos their cars can't be repaired in time (I'd imagine a lot of people repair their cars on off-weekends, seeing asmost people have normal jobs in the week... :blackeye: )
I'm getting very confused here - are the June 1st and July 13th meetings actually happening? From Stuart Gray's comments, it looks like there'll be seven SMRC meetings (whether that includes Croft is debatable), and there's eight on the calendar, not including the BRSCC meeting... the Knockhill site has a hot hatch-type day down for July 13th, and nothing at all for June 1st, so do we have a gap from April through to August, and then four meetings in six weks? If so, the SMRC need to find a brain between them, cos that is just stupid! Far better to spread the meetings out half evenly, and give the drivers a chance to do them all, and not waste several months sitting around doing nothing... I'm seriously confused now :confused:
Right - here is a definative list of all the dates that have been bandied about by about 5 different sources... there is a lot of confusion and some heads need banged together...
Sunday 13th April - On the Knockhill Provisional table and the drivers seem to have been informed that this date is fine.
Sunday 27th April - As above.
Sunday 1st June - The drivers seem to have been told this date was happening but there is no mention of it anywhere else. Knockhill timetable has no mention either.
Sunday 13th July - Drivers think it's a raceday, Knockhill thinks it's a hot hatch day. :rolleyes:
Sunday 10th August - Amazingly everyone seems to be in agreement about this one!
Sunday 24th August - Drivers think this is happening as a two day event. Stuart Gray and Knockhill are yet to make any mention of this date as it is not on the Knockhill provisional calendar of events.
6th/7th September - Drivers have been told this is the date of the Croft meeting. But then the drivers have been told a lot of things that seem to have changed...!
Sunday 14th September - Drivers believe they are racing on this day, Knockhill have it listed as "Motor Racing with MG" which could mean almost anything....
Sunday 12th October - Both parties seem to be in agreement at the moment.
Bit of a mess at the moment as it would seem there are either going to be 7 events in total or 7 + the event at Croft but there are at least 9 dates floating around.
Two very stupid potential happenings at the moment could well be:
1. With the 1st June and 13th July dates looking fictional there is a potential 14 week gap between the 2nd and 3rd rounds!!! That is just pathetic.
2. Even more insane is the fact that after this 14 week gap there is then the possibility of almost all of the remainder of the season taking place in a 4 rounds in 5 weeks situation. This is total lunacy!!
The head monkies in charge of schedules at the SMRC and Knockhill need to take a look at the schedule they've put together and fix the numerous typos cos at the moment the boy-racer fun days seem to be the only things that are spread out in a half reasonable way. :dozey:
"Bintcliffe's done it again and the car's f**ked." RIP David Leslie.
They may be more interested in the trackdays, but they maybe want to take a touch more interest in the actual race days too - I doubt the trackdays would be so attractive to a lot of people if there was no racing on the same track, cos surely the main attraction is being able to drive on the same track that racing cars drive on, so making you feel like a racing driver? That's what the attraction would be to me, anyway....
Whatever the case, I hope they get this sorted soon.
Well, Autosport's shed a little bit of light on matters today... found a calendar for the Northern FFord Zetecs, which includes a round at Knockhill on June 1st, so I take it from that that the SMRC meeting then which the drivers were told about will be happening, even if Knockhill themselves haven't mentioned it - I don't think the FFords would be running on their own, anyway, so the SMRC has got to be out unless the FFords bring a whole programme full of other events with them! ;D
So, now all we have to so is solve the mysteries of July 13th, August 24th and September 14th.......... :uhoh: