First, thanks to everyone who came yestrday, great to see you.
Well, despite a bit of a crap end to the day which left everyone a bit deflated, on reflection we really had a great day. The expectation (at the start of the day) was that a finish would be like winning, then by the end the fact that we did not win was a downer!
First qualy was 15 minutes for a 30 minute race against ex GT racers such as Porker 935, Ferrari Challenge, TVR Tuscan racer etc., which were all running huge slicks while we were on A048’s…
After doing the usual 3 laps to make sure of being in the race I started to give it a bit of juice and would love to have seen the faces of the drivers as, what they thought was a duffer, suddenly giving it six foot flames as we disappeared up the pit straight. Then all hell broke loose as the front splitter/undertray parted company thanks to some over enthusiastic kerbage. Never mind, we had fourth in the bag for the grid.
Graeme Whitehead then went out and, with a similar lap time, bagged second for the endurance race. The boys (Thanks Steve (Funone), Tony S and Sean B) had a bit to do as the exhaust had melted much of the surrounding body work and put a hole in the diffuser. Well, what do you expect from what seems to be the exhaust off a jet?
In the first race we just went for it but on the rolling start got bullied by those nasty big boys (The Lotus seems tiny in the middle of the pack and I was frightened) back down to around sixth. By the end of the first lap we were back up to fifth with the Tuscan in front. Next time round we had him around the outside of Clay Hill and then pulled away. There was a coming together though and the race was stopped for around ten minutes to clear the debris (a Fiat perched on a tyre - quite amusing). Thank goodness as I was buggered! At the restart from fourth we managed to nip ahead of the Fiat Challenge and got third which we maintained until the last lap. As our Yoko’s went off - they had already done around 90 minutes - the TVR started to catch up and pressured me into a mistake at Knickerbrook. As I put the power down the back stepped out and with lost momentum he went past up Clay Hill. Still on his tail I tried to out brake him into Druids, locked up and sailed merrily into the gravel on the outside of the corner but with momentum and a bit of luck managed to plough through and hit the nice hard bit near the tyre wall and drove back on. We lost another place to the Fiat so ended up 5th overall and second in class (to the Fiat). Bugger!
Overall though we were ecstatic not only to finish a thirty minute race (on full power) but also that on road tyres there was the potential to finish third against some fast cars.
Credit also to Chris on here (Evosal) who also finished (sixth) with a lap time only 2 seconds lower than ours and with around 200 bhp less.
Will do the second race later as I have work to do.