Barny, I agree we need to understand the objective and then work towards this and yes I would have done Gurston had I been competing this year.
There is however something that has bugged me for a while so this seams the time to air it.
we appear to be selecting venues on a time on the track (either number of runs or event length) must mean better value for money?
i don’t entirely agree, for me one of the core skills of sprint and hill climbs is the ability to extract maximum performance from 2/3 timed runs I.e the ability to be “on it”from the outset dealing with whatever the conditions throw at you.
IMHO when you get beyond 3 timed runs, times don’t get much faster and it simply becomes a battle of who is the bravest or to put it another way who has the balls to take the most risks, not nesesarily the most skill, yep controversial I know!
Some of my most satisfying events have had only 2 timed runs, because I felt I had extracted the maximum when the pressure was on to perform with no options to have another run if I cocked up,,, in fact my best day ever consisted of a single short timed run.
I’m in no way comparing myself but there is a reason drivers like Hamilton and Senna are considered the best of the best, there ability to perform that one perfect qualifying lap when the pressure is on,,,
i guess it boils down to how you view value for money, quality v quantity, I know which I prefer