The Main Race: Started
the race in 27th position with both Jonathan and Phil ahead
of me on the grid - a situation I was determined to change.
Off to a good start but immediately got bogged down with the
gaggle of mini's all trying to get through Old Hall corner
together. Bumper to bumper we all manage to get around the
first corner and down the avenue to Cascades a right-hander
leading on to the fast straight before the new hairpin - the
one we all love to hate.
Made it around the hairpin
with out losing it totally and then up over Hill Top and down
the straight to Knicker Brook chicane fighting for position
all the way. Made it through the chicane closely packed with
several other cars in front of me including my two team mates
Jon and Phil. On up Clay Hill under the footbridge and on
around Druids corner still in the tight little pack, then
on to Lodge Corner and down past the pjts to the first corner
again. That first lap had enabled me to pick up a few places
and get settled in to a comfortable pace looking to pick off
the next car in front followed by the next as time and pace
allowed. By the 3rd lap I had passed both Jon and Phil separately
(Phil having started three cars ahead of me on the grid and
Jon 1) and was looking forward to making up a few more places.
On the sixth lap Jon caught
up with me at the new hairpin and tried to out break me in
to the corner. I did my usual late breaking and just as I
put her into bottom gear and was about to bring the revs up
Jon hit me fair and square in the area of the rear right brake
light. It spun me around so the back end was in the gravel
and the front wheels on the track facing two oncoming mini's.
Jon mean while had stalled and was stuck in the middle of
the track facing me . The oncoming cars had quick decisions
to make; one dived around the corner between Jon and me (good
piece of driving there he missed both of us!) and the other
took the safer line inside the hairpin off to Jon's right.
As soon as I saw the second car take the inside line I inched
my car forward not quite sure if I could get out of the gravel
and taking some gravel with me drove through the hairpin on
on down to knicker Brook chicane. The car felt heavy and was
not responding well - almost felt like I was crabbing down
the track. But after a short distance I got used to the handling
- probably I had thrown a wheel weight or put the tracking
out but I was still going.
Annoyed at having lost a couple
of places I raced to catch up and get my places back. But
it was not to be - I finished 19th . If only…….. As for Phil
he finished 21st, Jonathon retired following his valiant efforts
at trying to get past me. Of our other team members, Jason
had finished 10th and Rob 5th