The CSCC Special Saloons
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DRIVER : JOSS RONCHETTI from Leicester
CAR : SUNBEAM ALPINE-LOTUS
ENGINE : SEAMAN LOTUS 4 CYLINDER ( 2700 cc )
CLASS : B NUMBER : 13
SERIES RECORD : 5 STARTS - 2 OUTRIGHT WINS -
2 CLASS WINS - 1 FASTEST LAP
1 POLE POSITION
THE CAR :
One of the smartest and thanks to a very long and varied career ,`the Bullet` is a very popular and recognisable race car. Originally a rally car ,Joss started circuit racing with it in 1986. A third in class in the march Castle Combe GT race behind Rob Cox in the original `Black Bullet` Elan was a good way to start. As Joss explained to Retro Car magazine ( Nov 2009 ) it was a long period of development getting the car to the front of the grid. Seaman Motorsport of Norwich raised the 2.2 Lotus 16-valve from 180 to 230 bhp , later increased to a 290 bhp 2.6 and by 2009 had reached its 2678cc capacity with 327 horses. With carbon panels keeping the weight down to 852 kgs , a Hewland gearbox the end car was a very fast , reliable and well sorted race car. With the aid of Pro-Driver vehicle logistics Joss , the MD of the group , took in a busy race programe year after year. LMA Eurosaloons 2005 to 2010 , 2008 Classic Modified Saloons which led into Classic Thunder for 2009 , Joss won class C in 2009 ,10 ,11 + 2012. The 2009 season perhaps the best , winning 7 races outright to take the series. These amounst many other appearances on tracks all over the country.
So in 2012 Joss added the CSCC Special Saloons to the long list , taking 2 class seconds at Castle Combe before a brace of outright wins at Mallory Park beating the Steven`s Carlton and the Ward Baby Bertha. Then Donington...This trio put on an exhilerating battle for the lead , 100 mph average laps before disaster struck when Baby Bertha found a box of neutrals and slid across the grass at Roberts and inadvertantly T-boned the Sunbeam into retirement. A sad end to a great dice. Joss used his Monaro in 2013 whilst the Sunbeam is being fully repaired and fans of this excellent car hope it will back on track very soon.