The Main Race: With
rain coming in later in the day on Saturday we were all expecting
a very wet race. On the Sunday morning driving up to Silverstone
- there were sporadic showers which got progressively heavier
the close I got to the circuit. At the circuit it had rained
heavily but for the moment was dry.
By 12.30 we were all wondering
if the rain would stay away - it had stayed mainly dry for
most of the morning but there was a threatening black cloud
making it's way towards us.
With the race at 1.30, we finally
decided to go out on dry tyres. A good choice.
When the lights changed from
red to green all 38 cars thundered down to Copse, the first
corner, and continued on down through Maggotts, Becketts ,
the hairpin at Abbey and on down past Priory onto Brooklands
and Luffield - the long right hander before the Pits straight.
Throughout the 20 minute race
I was in the middle of the pack fighting for position. The
car was handling well but half way through the race I found
I was losing grip - I put this down to a greasy track. It
was making for interesting cornering, as I had to contend
with the back end feeling very much like it was breaking away
just a little too much!
Unknown to me I was losing
oil through the overflow tank - this oil was spreading over
my right wing onto the front wheel, and along the body work
to the rear wheel on the driver's side. Inside the car my
oil pressure and temperature were good - my mechanic told
me afterwards that despite the oil leak my engine sounded
I was battling with Neil Johnson
during the latter half of the race but despite my being able
to catch him I found it impossible to overtake. Finally on
the last lap I was in a good position to catch him on the
pit straight just before the chequered flag but going into
Luffield I took too wide a line and lost valuable
minutes - and so I finished in 21st position.
Next race is at Castle Combe
on May 29th