Spencer Peacock is feeling very happy after coming away with a 5th place finish when he competed at Round 5 of Fueltopia Barrel Sprint at Santa Pod Raceway on Sunday 1st October 2017.
Here is Spencer’s write up of the event:
Sunday 1st of October saw Round 5 of Fueltopia Barrel Sprint at Santa Pod Raceway.
A very cold and wet morning had us changing set-up straight away for the slick, wet surface. We started the morning with a few slow practice runs to scrub in the new tyres and warm up the car. Throughout the morning the track was changing – we changed our set-up a few times until we dialled in a solid set-up.
The car was feeling great late morning and we were 6th quickest car overall throughout practice!
With the car feeling perfect towards the end of practice we decided to take a break to prevent contaminating our tyres from the cars leaking oil on track.
After the one hour lunch break we went straight into qualifying; two runs in the right lane followed by two runs in the left lane.
The anxious wait before the qualifying results is always nail biting, waiting to see where we came against the seasoned drivers!!
We are called to the podium area to hear the qualifying results. Only the top 16 go through – we made it into the top 16! We then were told we made it into the top eight! Just missing out on the top four we qualified 5th!! This was our best result of the season so far, with 1,000th of a second between 3rd, 4th and 5th it was incredibly close.
After qualifying we go straight into the battles. Our first battle was against a Supercharged Mk1 Ford Escort. This battle was a win for us and we were incredibly proud of how the car handled.
Battle two was for the top four finish, I was up against another Turbo MX5. This battle was very very close. With the other driver getting lane choice I was given the left hand lane which had been slower all day due to standing water. A great launch had us in 1st place up until the second barrel. Powering out of the second barrel I had no choice but to go through the standing water. With wet tyres and a wet surface, I had to brake slightly earlier than wanted which gave the other driver an advantage – he took the win leaving the last barrel.
With that we were knocked out of the battles and our weekend was over. Ecstatic to finish so high and knowing our car is more capable than ever, we can’t wait until the final round at Santa Pod Raceway on the 14th October.
A massive thank you to EBC Brakes for the continued support, without you guys I’d struggle to stop the power of my Turbo MX5 Mk1.
Hello, my name is Spencer Peacock, I am 22 years old and I live in South London.
Entering Fueltopia Barrel Sprint and Formula Gymkhana 2017 season is my first step back into Motorsport from karting as a child.
My dad got me into karting at the age of five, we spent three years testing until I was old enough to take my ARKS licence at eight. We started our karting career in the Formula 6 Championship for five years racing along side names such as Tom Ingram and George Russel.
We also raced in various Club championships – some years we won back to back championships.
After five years of karting it was too much of a financial struggle for my dad to fund us as we only had small sponsors who would help us out when they could.
My return to Motorsport came after watching the final round of the Fueltopia Barrel Sprint 2016 season, watching a friend Mike Newland. After watching the racing in the flesh I was hooked. I went home, looked online and found a car in my budget. I brought a semi-rolling shell for £400. After four months of building the car it was ready to see some action. The car was slow and was at the bottom end of the top 16 qualifiers. Now, towards the end of the season it has been turbo converted and it’s now a fire breathing machine. With 1,000th of a second between qualifying 3rd, 4th and 5th the car is starting to give the championship leaders a run for their money.
Working as a Retail Assistant Manager, money is tight and the car is built on a very small budget. If parts are not bought new they are bought second-hand and fully refurbished by myself or with the assistance of friends with workshops.
With talks of a new car for 2018 or more serious upgrades, who knows what next year could bring? I am currently sat in 7th place of the Fueltopia Barrel Sprint Championship with one round left to go.