31st July / 1st August 60th Anniversary Race

Had my 2nd and 3rd races this weekend just gone, towed the car down to Castle Combe on Friday night with some help from Mark at South West in Car Tech! Dropped the car off and setup the gazebo over it and headed back home. Got to Combe for 9am on Saturday morning and before I knew it we were out qualifying. The car felt a LOT better than the first meeting, I think 2nd and 4th gear helped a little 😛 I immediately did a 1:34.895 and it creeped down as I went on and ended up qualifying 33rd out of 34 with 1:31.199, which I was over the moon with as I didn’t expect to gain that much time.

1st Race – I got a decent start and managed to get in front of Pete Weston in his MG ZR and he pushed me a bit for the first few laps but then had issues with his power steering so I had a lot of room to myself for most of the race. I’ll get my in car footage up tonight but it was quite a straight forward race, I managed to keep it on the track and improve my best time by another second and I finished 26th out of 28. Which was 6th in class so I got my very first championship point!!

 

1st race – 26/28 – 33 started


1 - 1:44.705
2 - 1:31.924
3 - 1:31.230
4 - 1:31.031
5 - 1:30.693
6 - 1:31.603
7 - 1:32.122
8 - 1:30.394
9 - 1:32.169
10 - 1:32.022
11 - 1:31.949

2nd Race – Well this race had a bit more happening :s You’ll see from my in car camera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUyZHH4ga5M that there was mayhem off the start, Geraldine Duff turned over after hitting the back of Ricks Civic (watch the whole video for the rear camera and to see how close Russell came to hitting me!) and then in front of me as I went up to the rise cars went everywhere. Thankfully everyones ok although I think a few are feeling a bit stiff but I wish them a speedy recovery and to see them soon hopefully!!

Anyway after the restart I had a nice gap in front of me and an Jamie in his Alfa to the right, I got a good start and managed to get past Jamie and around the outside of him at Quarry but his Alfa 156 has a little more power in a straight line so he had the straight line speed and to my surprise I saw a Fiesta ST behind me, I managed to keep Kelly behind me but after the 3rd lap it was obvious she had the straight line speed and there was nothing I could do. I did manage to pass Kelly again on lap 8 as she went wide to let others through as we were being lapped but I just couldn’t keep her behind me. So overall I finished 23rd out of 25 which was 5th in class so 2 more championship points!! I also managed to set another personal best time of 1:29.384 which I’m really happy with!!

2nd race – 23/25 – 32 started


1 - 1:44.583
2 - 1:30.785
3 - 1:30.153
4 - 1:30.113
5 - 1:29.384
6 - 1:30.774
7 - 1:30.446
8 - 1:31.714