Race Day: Another interesting race for many of us
- out of 27 starters 10 did not finish including me. From
a spectator standpoint it was one of the more interesting
of the day so I am told. From the almost three laps that I
completed, what I remember most was the one or two cars stopped
off track at different places followed by a complete white-out
that I was enveloped in on the third lap. The white-out was
due to Johnny Mac's Renault 5 issueing a smoke trail to make
a steam engine proud of. An interesting time for me as I couldn't
see much of where I was going!
However as I approached Dean Straight the white-out disappeared
and I could see Mac ahead of me. He pulled off into the Pit
Lane and I was expecting to go straight ahead. The yellow
flag was in effect and had been for some time. The next marshall
point was just ahead of me prior to the pit-lane entrance.
The red flag was shown to me and thinking the race had been
stopped I made a split second decision to enter the pitlane
to go from there into the Pits. Unfortunately at Castle Combe
it is very easy to miss the short cut across into the Pits
and end up in the Paddock and that's what I did!!!
I was, I think understandably a bit cross (to put it mildly).
Although I was very near to the Pits entrance I was not allowed
back in and so ended my race. I did speak to the Clerk of
the Course and he admitted the red flag was shown to me at
a time when they were only thinking of stopping the race.
They subseqently decided to allow the race to continue.
In the meantime Val continued through to her 8th lap but
just before completion at Camp corner her engine gave out
and she came to a halt half way down the start finish straight
leaving a rather large cloud of white smoke behind her. I
believe the race leaders were about to lap her at the time.
Oh crumbs - what a day. It all ended a little differently
than we both hoped for but as they say 'them's the breaks'.