Race Day: Yet another early start but at least this
time I didn't have to leave home till 7am. It was dry but
bitterly cold and standing around even in a race suit you
The Mini's were the first race of the day at 11.30. The green
flag lap showed the track to be in good condition. At the
same time I tried to get some heat into the tyres and also
made sure I warmed up the brakes which had new pads.
I made a good start and was beside the car in the row in
front of me when I approached Copse, the first corner. But
luck was not on my side. I must have found a greasy patch
because suddenly I was sideways and losing it all. Fortunately
those behind were able to avoid me. I finally got it back
together again in time to see Jonathan pass me. And so from
the back I had to fight my way forward. And fight I did.
By the end of the race I had managed to claw my way back
to 20th position. I had some interesting moments with other
cars and lots to talk over with other drivers in Parc Ferme
after the race.
As for my team mates - Rob who was doing well at the front,
was forced off into the grass at Maggots. He came back to
finish 15th. Jonathon was not quite so fortunate - he came
off into the gravel at Brooklands.
For me this was probably the most enjoyable race of the whole
season - lots of action, lots of frustration, lots to fight
for. And then afterwards lots to talk about. Being the last
race of the main season I believe all the drivers relaxed
and just went out to enjoy.
Out of 38 starters 27 finished - many people went home with
damage to be repaired over the coming months.
As for us well Rob's family got the barbie going and then
out came the beer and wine and we had a very nice lunch. As
for the rest of the racing - well I just didn't get to see
any of it!