The Main Race: The race
was not due to start until 4.45 pm and so it was a long wait
in the heat of the day (nice as it is it does get a bit wearing
after a while). There were more than a few complaints from
other drivers when it came time for us all to get ready for
the race - wearing full race gear when it is so warm can be
uncomfortable. I liken it to being in one's own sauna! Personally
it doesn't bother me. I like the heat. Just as well.
The start of the race was uneventful
with all of us getting away on time and without any hitches.
I made a fairly good start picking up a couple of places but
new deep down I should have been able to do better.
Nevertheless I managed to keep
up the pace and was doing well. I had crept up to 20th position
but was having trouble catching those immediately in front
of me. No time to think of that for immediately behind was
Graham Edwards who was quite persistent on trying to get past
me at both the chicanes - Foulstons and Knickerbrook. But
I was equally persistent in holding him off. All was going
well. I was able to hold off Graham and pull away from him
and the others who were behind me.
On the sixth lap I was beginning
to put some distance between the pack behind me and I could
see the cars immediately in front. It would be hard to catch
them up but that was my aim. My lap time was running true
to from and was not working so I had no idea of lap times
but that was the least of my worried. I wanted to just catch
those in front. On down Cascades to Lakeside, Island Bend
and then the hairpin Shell Oils Corner to the first chicane
Foulstons, then on up the hill to the second chicane Knickerbrook
to Clay Hill at the top of which is a long fast right-hander
As I approached Druids I could
see several cars had come to grief - there were two in the
tyre wall to my left and at least one in the barrier to my
right. One of those cars had deposited oil on the track but
I failed to see it and spun in the middle of the black stuff.
Quite how I managed to stay on the track I am not sure but
at the time I was thinking - oh any minute now one of the
guys behind is going to go straight into me.
I will never know how they
managed it but they all missed me and just carried on! I had
stalled the engine so had to get her started again. I carried
on and finished the race in 24th position with my team mate
Phil just behind me.
Back in parc ferme I felt very
demoralised at what had happened. Graham came up to me afterwards
and congratulated me on blocking him more than once - he said
he found it really tough to get past me and only manage it
when I found that patch of oil at Druids. It turned out several
drivers had come a cropper on the same patch of oil so I was
As for my other team mates
Rob finished third and Jason finished 11th. So suppose for
the team having all four finish was not too bad - and as a
bonus none of us did any damage! Wheee that must be a first.