A wet and greasy track welcomed
us to Mallory Park, with almost half the track having a
line of oil around it, making the track very slippery at
the hairpin. As usual I lined up for qualifying in the first
few cars to ensure a nice clear run without the need to
get past slower cars for the first few laps. However, Matt
Rowe was very quick to get past the pack on the first lap
and to start exploring the limits of the track, meaning
that the second and third laps were punctuated with yellow
flags whilst Matt explored the wet grass at the side of
the track. Once I got past Matt I started pushing the lap
times down and found several slippery patches and had a
few twitchy moments in the process. I managed the joint
second fastest time in class which put me third in class
and sixth overall on the grid, in front of most class A
and B cars.
The weather had varied throughout
the day and by the time the race was upon us blue skies
and sunshine had arrived which was rapidly drying the track.
We returned the car to the full dry setup in the hope that
the track would be dry all race. On the formation lap it
was clear that yet more oil had gone down on the circuit
and that there were some damp patches off the racing line,
ensuring that the race was going to be an exciting one.
The damp patches around the incredibly fast Gerards corner
especially meant that a small mistake could have a very
large penalty. I made an uncharacteristic poor start, getting
too much wheel spin off the line and lost out to a very
fast starting Austen Greenway in his class C fury. I got
alongside Colin Chapman (who qualified second) through Gerards
but had to tuck in behind him, allowing Al Boulton through
from behind, meaning that I finished the first lap sixth
in class with plenty of catching up to do. I soon caught
Colin and Austen Greenway, but Austen was being very defensive
and was very difficult to get past. After a number of laps
being blocked everywhere I went, I tagged onto the back
of a class B car and made my way past at the end of the
back straight to start persuing the other class C cars.
I quickly caught up with Richard Wise and passed him on
the back straight having got better exit speed from Gerards,
and after a couple more laps was on the tail of Colin Chapman.
Unfortunately the chequered flag came out before I had the
chance to make a move on Colin and I finished a very close
fourth in class, with the second fastest time in class.