Following an interesting week which found me testing in the
pouring rain at Silverstone's International circuit followed
two days later by a semi-dry test day at Castle Combe the
race day finally dawned dry and with clear blue skies but
Up at 5.30 out the door by 6am to be at the circuit for 7.45.
Sign-on at 8am followed by scrutineering at 8.15. Qualifying
at 9.25 for 15 mins.
Had a high speed spin and came flying off backwards during
the qualifying! Ruffled a few feathers that did! And not just
mine either - there was a marshal's post surrounded by a tyre
wall that I was expecting to go into backwards but I missed
it and the marshal's contained in it! I suspect they were
secretly relieved. I know I was.
Well that little off didn't do much for my times - but at
least I was able to put in a 1:23.19 lap time which put me
in 30th position out of 41 qualifiers. Only 38 were allowed
to start the race. The remainder became reserves.
For once the weather looked like it was going to be good
to us - nice clear blue skies and a very light but pleasant
breeze, even some sunshine! By 2pm it was throwing it down
with rain. This made for some very exciting racing during
the afternoon. Many a car went into the tyre barriers at Quarry
and Camp both very fast corners in the wet. My race was delayed
by an hour. When we finally got out it was dry, the sun had
come out and it looked like it would stay out.
From our grid positions we all waited for the lights to turn
from red to green and suddenly we were off. It must have been
quite a sight 38 mini's all hammering up to Folly and across
to Avon Rise then piling into Quarry an interesting right
hander. I made up a couple of places on the start and got
myself into a good position for Quarry where I made up a couple
of more places. Some were not so lucky at Quarry and carried
on into the tyres. I continued on down Farm Straight into
Old Paddock Bend where I had had an interesting moment earlier
in the day. And from there I stayed with the pack keeping
up very well indeed. But it was nor to last.
Someone had come off badly at Tower and the Yellow and Black
quartered flag was brought out. This meant the race leader
had to slow down significantly (to around 50 mph) and all
competitors had to line up in order behind the race leader.
We were held in that formation until the obstruction at Tower
was cleared. However, we were soon shown the green flag to
continue racing and off we went again.
It was difficult to pick up the momentum again after having
to slow down - for me this was the first time I had been in
a race where the Yellow and Black flag had come into play.
But pick up the momentum I did and had some very good dices
with people I don't normally get a chance to race with.
I finally finished in 22nd position with a best lap time
of 1:21:24 giving an average MPH of 81.59 - the winner put
in a best lap time of 1:18.68.
So all in all a very good race. My next race is at Silverstone
on the International circuit with qualifying on Saturday October
3rd and racing on Sunday October 4th at around mid-day. That
should be an interesting race weekend with TVR's, MGF's, Porsche
Cup, Marcos Mantis, GT's and of course Mini Miglias and Mini
Sevens. If any of you would like to come let me know and I'll
get you tickets and of course you are more than welcome to
come into the paddock, meet the team and take a look at the