The Main Race: The sun was still shining as all 38
of us lined up on the grid. The green flag lap enabled all
of us to check out the track, warm up the tyres and test out
our brakes. Back on the grid we all waited for the red light
to come on. The engine note rose to crescendo as soon as the
light went to red then green and we were off.
Beside me on the grid was Andrew Hack, back in the Mini's
after a few years racing other cars. We both made a good start
then suddenly Rupert Hinde came from behind straight between
Andrew and myself and suddenly pulled in front of Andrew.
He was cutting it close and sure enough there was body contact
as Andrew's front bumper and wing met Rupert's rear.
I decided this was no place for me and kept my foot in and
straight ahead up to Folly and then Avon Rise, breaking sharply
and changing down for Quarry Corner. There was the usual door
handling and body tapping around Quarry ahead of me and I
again kept my foot in and continued following those in front.
Meanwhile behind me Andrew Hack and Rupert Hinde were to come
to an untimely end and go no further.
Once round Quarry its then straight down to The Esses, the
first of the two chicanes followed by a fast dash down to
Tower Corner before Bobbies, the second chicane. From there
its on down to Camp Corner a fast right hander leading onto
the pit straight.
During the race someone had put down oil on the track around
Tower Corner and Bobbies which caused the yellow flags to
come out. This gave a few of us some interesting moments.
Taking it easy through Tower towards the end of the race
gave Robert Riding the opportunity to catch me up. As I went
into Bobbies my attention was caught by Robert being right
behind me and I missed my line - this gave Robert just the
opportunity he was waiting for to get past me.
And so I finished in 24th position………………..