Race Day: There were 25 competitors on the grid in
total, myself being at position 20 and Val at 21. Forming
up was a doddle but the interminable wait on the grid while
the XR2i's who had raced before us were cleared from the track
was very wearing. Apparently there were bits of car strewn
everywhere around the track!
It seemed an age before I saw the 5 minute board, but then
the 1 min, then 30 sec boards were up and we were off on the
green flag lap - all formed up and raring to go.
A rolling start was a lot easier than I had expected, but
still as we came up to and around Lodge corner the pace car
slowed right down to make us form up closer. I found it quite
hard to be in bottom gear after going around previously in
third. I never spotted the green light/ flag or whatever.
All of a sudden we were off.
I actually had a fairly uneventful race apart from the time
I nearly lost everything at Knickerbrook. My own fault, I
was going too fast and totally unsettled the car causing me
to lift at least one wheel off the track and snake my way
through Knickerbrook and on up to Clay Hill. But apart from
that there was no dallying with other cars, no in- fighting,
no coming together with other cars. I was lapped by the leaders
twice that I can remember, and played it very defensive -
kept off the race line and allowed them plenty of room to
get by. All I really wanted to do was finish. And that I did.
Val unfortunately had a coming together with a VW G40 and
was forced to retire on Lap 9 with engine failure.