the car up from the body shop the previous weekend and the alignment now seemed
to be spot on, though we’d yet to try it on track. Thus I started the damp
session rather nervously and slowly picked up the pace, setting a less than
startling 1.55 sec lap. Handling was undoubtedly much better so lap times are
all about confidence now after the Mallory crash and subsequent Brands bent
qualified quite a way down the grid with David Scriven
in the class D Escort two rows ahead,
live with Langeveld’s
I try and attack for the place during the next couple of laps, the Scirocco and my Golf are fairly evenly matched but I am close enough to have the occasional optimistic look up the inside – headlights still blazing in a rather pathetic attempt to keep the pressure on. Tom spins off at Lodge so I get the place, just starting the last lap and the car begins to misfire. Gets worse through Druids and almost cuts out on the way to the last corner of the race – Lodge. It’s a tight corner and whatever is causing the fuel starvation is made worse by the turn. The hateful Golf cuts out with the guy waving the chequered flag in clear few a hundred metres or so ahead. B!!*!**!S. Decide to pull into the paddock to try and investigate the misfire (and get the car out for the pre-93 race) rather then try and coast to the line, all the other cars have come past anyway.
Results show me in 15th place still ahead of the Scirocco, not sure how that was but at least its classed as a finish.
So the car is better – handling is sorted again, just need to fix the new misfire and we’re ready for Snetterton, a circuit I know very well.
Next race – Snetterton, 21st September.