With a three hour gap to
our second race, we chose to investigate why our new brake discs
were so noisy. Nothing conclusive was found so we told Rod to just
get on with it. This rolling start didn’t go quite to plan as Rod
followed the safety car into the pit lane! A “technical problem” was
quickly diagnosed and Rod returned at the tail of the field. This
made for a far more interesting race. By the end of lap one he had
already passed ten cars and was 19th. Lap two and he was
15th with six more being overtaken on lap three. Up to
sixth on lap four, but the first five had sped away opening up a
reasonable gap. The pursuit was now on and it took three more laps
to reel them in. Two were passed on lap seven and the final three
succumbed on lap 8 whilst in amongst some back markers. The winning
margin was 6.66 seconds at the chequered flag at the conclusion of
The rest of the race was
also very entertaining. Yet again second place was closely fought
but this time Derek Parker brought his slick shod Caterham through
to the runner up spot. Mark Steward (the erstwhile leader for seven
laps) fell back to fourth so the leading Tiger became Paul Dudley.
All three were covered by just one second at the end. Mick Grant
brought his Tiger home fifth from Stewart Fenton’s E1 version in
sixth. Steve Weatherley was without the company of Trevor Nicosia
this time, but he was nearly caught by Dave Fuller’s Midget. Dave
won the best prepared car award. The bright Toyota of Gareth Smith
completed the unlapped runners with a steady drive in ninth, having
been up to sixth at one point.
Steve Quenby and Mark
Steadman rounded out the top eleven in their Tigers, closely pursued
by the tenacious Bill Richards who just managed to beat the bigger
engined tin top boys. A glitch with MST showed Bill a lap further
down initially but this was corrected later. John Strickland and
Steve Dann renewed their battle for T2 honours. Steve held the
initiative for four laps then John got by. However, on lap 12 the
positions were reversed again only for John to snatch it back on the
final tour. Steve was unanimously voted the driver of the race and
received the Quaife Engineering bottle of bubbly plus Dunlop hat.
Three more Tigers filled
the next positions, although Adam Wilkins was being caught by Steve
Griffiths and Paul Swonnell. Paul had made good progress from 23rd
to 16th. Dean Spurr was pipped by Andrew Partridge to be
the leading BMW runner, Andrew taking third place in the T2 class.
The BMWs had an interesting time with the Tigers and it was good to
see all the drivers enjoying themselves. Likewise Gary Chappell
found his Toyota to be the meat in a thick BMW sandwich. Simon Fox,
Alan Stuart and Jamie Smith were in front of the Japanese car, with
Andrew Cotterill, Tony Smith and Richard Cormode just behind. Brian
Daly (BMW 318i) and Christopher Brooks (Tiger R6) completed the
runners. Only Paul Bickers failed to finish.
An enjoyable, if very
cold day, watched by a reasonable size Saturday crowd. No doubt
enticed by the Lotus owners club.
Next stop is Lydden Hill
on April 7th for the first championship round.