Race Day: While the morning stayed dry the afternoon
was not destined to be the same. It poured down just as the
first couple of races started. For a while I thought it would
dry out enough for me to stay on slicks but no, just as the
race prior to mine was called it was chucking it down again.
This caused a sudden mad flurry in the paddock as we all changed
from slicks to wets! Kevin Taylor in a VW Polo was just leaving
the pits for his race, one prior to mine, but was hampered
by a broken exhaust - his response (quite rightly) was to
rip the offending part off. Nice one Kevin - have some good
pictures of that.
Having changed from slicks to wets there was no time for
me to hang around, it was off to the holding area and a fairly
long wait to go out on the track to be lined up for our two
green flag laps. The appalling weather meant they gave us
two laps to get used to track and damp conditions, before
our rolling start. Being right at the back both helped and
hindered me. Never having raced in such conditions I was not
prepared for the amount of spray kicked up by everyone. At
the rolling start everyone else took off and 1 was left momentarily
thinking - 'where is everyone....' Sharp inhalation of breath
followed by foot to the floor. 1 thought 1 must find them
ahead somewhere even if 1 only see their tail-lights and sure
enough 1 caught up with their tail lights at the first corner.
Tony Hart, Chris Grahame and Bob Smith had exchanged body
blows. Bob was not destined to get any further than the first
corner while Tony Hart continued on round with a front bumper
dragging. He subsequently stopped in at the Pits and removed
his bumper. Chris Grahame got away with a somewhat remodelled
left-hand side of his car.
Meanwhile yours truly here was having loads of fun......
1 caught up with Mark Cox and we swopped places a couple of
time during the first 15 laps. Just as 1 thought 1 had him
and would get passed for the final time 1 lost it at the esses.
Spun out, killed the engine and lost valuable time getting
back on the track. Drat! By this time 1 was lapped by the
leaders and had to be content with following lan Fawcett for
the remainder of the race. Tried to get past Ian but track
conditions got worse. more like a greasy skid pan.
Nevertheless 1 finished and 1 really, really enjoyed it.
Final result for me was 8th. I returned home a very happy
bunny with a car still intact - yes a very happy bunny.
Looking forward now to Thruxton on September 15th. Should
be another challenge for me as 1 haven't tested on that circuit