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Well what a day the first event of the season started with thick fog which quickly cleared during the Formula Ford testing to reveal bright sunshine all day long! Not expected by many of us we all ended up either tanned or very burnt! The day was full of events with Prebble and Kilby taking pole and second in the Saloon car qualifying, to both have engine problems and not be able to compete in the main race later in the day, leaving pole empty for 3rd and 4th place for Squibb and Cox. TT’s very own Nick Charles and Jason Cooper managed to get pole in their class C and D, with Mark Wyatt in his Astra getting Pole for Class B.
Coming to the main race in bright Wiltshire sunshine all the cars left the grid to a huge collision behind the class A cars, around 6 cars were collected up in the damage including Wyatt, Wills, Bird, both of the farther and son Urqhart team and Nick Charles, the race was promptly red flagged and only Nick Charles of those involved made it back for the restart, Nick had suffered a large amount of panel damage to passanger door area but the car was deemed fit to race. After the track was promptly cleared by the Marshalls and CC team the race was back underway with Dave Kift having to retire shortly from the line with engine problems, Nick Charles starting from the pits was quick to work his way through the grid to finsh 2nd in his class with Will De Claudio to get his first win in Class C after leaving Class D last year. There was a battle for pole with Brian Cox and Barry Squibb swapping postitions several times to finally leave Barry Squibb victorious. Jason Cooper had a fight on his hands with Olly Lewis following closley behind all race until he managed to get past Cooper on lap 7, luckily Jason managed to regain the lead on lap 8 to get the Win for Class D. Unfortunatly Talk Torque’s Alan Dixon had to retire on the 3rd lap due to loss of brakes going into camp corner at 100mph! luckily Alan managed to control the car around the corner and nurse it into the pits.
So after race 1 the points look like this.
|1||Will Di Claudio||6||6|
Officical Timing can be found here >> http://www.tsl-timing.com/ccrc/2009/91668.pdf
Lets hope everyone manages to get their cars back to track this season and for the majority of them that they make the next race day on the 4th May.
Here is some in-car footage from the race and the 1st corner incident.
Unfortunatly I had a problem with my Camera batteries so only managed to take photos up until the green flag lap on the saloons. To view all the photos please click here
Well that was certainly an eventful day!
Qualifying didn’t quite go to plan, oil all up avon rise and through Quarry after Kilby put a rod through his block (right infront of me!) on about lap 3 which screwed up all the lap times after that. There was also coolant/oil down on a lot of the other corners too. (Prebble, Rowls and Fergusons engines also blew!)
Unfortunately I didn’t get a good lap in before all that or on the last lap when it started to wear off so didn’t get a great great Qualy time
Which was probably a blessing in disguise! Off the start line of the race at folly a hugh smash in the middle of the pack (Wyatt, Wills, Charles, Bird, B Urquhart & D Urquhart all coming together) and various other wingmirrors and window smashed. Being slightly behind I squeezed through unscathed.
Red flag and restart from original positions, Days of Thunder style blind mid pack through all the cement dust at folly! lol
Then about 4 laps in, coming up to Camp corner (about 100mph) the brake peddle went straight to the floor - had no brakes! With ‘Oh sh1t this is gonna hurt!’ ratteling through my head somehow the car got through the corner. Stomach/heart well and truely in mouth moment.
Cautiously drove back round to the pits for a DNF
Near side front brake union came apart and hosed the fluid round my arch instead of the calliper pots, luckely non got on the tyre.
Pictures and Videos to come soon!
Alan Dixon revealed the new spray job for his car at the first race of the season on Monday. The class C Peugeot 306 has been repaired after last seasons mishap and is now Kawasaki Green!
Photo courtesy of Neil Dolman (MrYella)
More pictures and videos coming soon!
Check out Alan Dixons race car build blog on the Talk Torque forum
Alan has kept the blog updated with all of his build progress and the adventures of his first season in motorsport.