Race Day : Before the race we were all wondering if
it was going to stay dry or rain - it certainly looked threatening.
It had poured down earlier in the day leaving the circuit
very damp and greasy. Then the sun had come out and the light
breeze had helped to dry the circuit.
But a quarter of an hour before the race it started to rain
heavily and so it was definitely over to wet weather tyres.
By the time we were all lined up on the grid the rain had
stopped but the sky was still very threatening. When the lights
changed to green all 34 of us hammered down to Redgate the
first right hander - most of us made it through in one piece.
Ahead of me there were one or two who were door handling their
way through the corner jockeying for position.
The circuit was greasy at certain points around the track
because of the earlier rainfall - this made for some interesting
racing as we all slithered around the track at certain points.
I ws told afterwards that spectators found it interesting
to watch at Redgate as several times I and several others
tried negotiating the corner only to find there was no traction.
At this point the car had a mind of its own and try as you
might it was pure luck as to whether you made it round Redgate
on the black stuff or partly off it in the gravel or dirt
at the side.
More than once I found myself sliding around Redgate - the
only option was to go in as controlled as possible and gradually
feed on the power to enable forward motion. Too much power
and the car started to slide out of control too little and
you could lose it to a spin - it was a constant on again off
again on the throttle.
For those standing at or between the Melbourned hairpin and
Goddards there was a fine view as a gaggle of Mini's attempted
to get around the slippery left-hander all at the same time.
I had Mini's on either side of me with Jonathan ahead as
we approached the left-hander before Goddards. The mini in
front of Jonathan lost it and spun off to my left, Jonathan
also lost it and I had to jink right rather quickly to try
and avoid him. He and I made eye contact for a split second
as I went past him. Another coming together like Spa we certainly
did not want!
I have no idea what happened to the Mini that had been on
my right hand side I think he went off into the barrier? Meanwhile
I carried on down to Redgate leaving some crossed up cars
By this time the race was almost over. The track was definitely
getting very greasy indeed. As I slithered around the final
lap I could see Jonathan Hudson behind me followed by Jon
Cullum who had an unfortunate incident at the entry into the
Esses chicane prior to the Melbourne loop which caused him
to lose a lot of valuable places.
I managed to keep my position to finish in 21st position.