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Well what a great weekend :cool:


Me and Richy travelled up early Friday morning for some sneaky testing in the afternoon as I had never been to Cadwell before. The weather was pretty crap by the time the car was off the trailer so the Eagle F1's were kept on to cope with the standing water.

First session went pretty well with me following a V12 XJS Jag for the whole time to try and get an idea of the track layout. The upper parts of the track were pretty good but the lower parts in the valley were drenched so spray and standing water were a slight worry.

Between the 1st and 2nd session the heavens opened and the rain was torrential so parts of the track quickly filled with huge puddles, especially the dip through Park straight where we were told to keep left. Half way round the first lap a Caterham 2 cars in front of me took Park straight flat out but for some reason he kept right :shock: The huge puddle threw the car head on into the armco completely destroying the front end before throwing the car in a backwards spin up the track and hitting the armco on the otherside :-x Needless to say the session was red flagged and the decision was made to cancel the rest of the day due to bad weather :-(

So £120 and one test session...................it was definately Beer time :lol: (the guy in the caterham was ok although suffering from a very stiff neck)


Saturday morning saw a damp track but not much standing water so Qualifying was little easier on the heart rate. I found a clear spot on the track and slowly worked myself up to a nice and smooth pace which I was happy with although I was never going to set the world on fire. Due to the length of the track we only did 8 qualifying laps so seemed to be over pretty quick.
The results came in and I qualified 4th on the grid behind the Turbo boys and infront of the green RX7 which I was over the moon with (although he was running R888's with 350hp throught the rear wheels in the damp :lol: )

Race 1 - With the changing weather and looming black clowds we opted to keep the F1's on, a decision that would bite me in the arse very early on. I managed to hold off the RX7 off the start line and held 4th place into the 1st few corners with James Nicholls in the DC2 closely behind. Unfortunately the dry track and the lack of rain meant the F1's starting dying a death on lap 2 and there was no way I could hold the DC2 off, especially as he was running R888's and they seemed to be working very well. I tried to stay with him but finished a few seconds behind in 5th place and 2nd in the Honda class.

Race 2 - We chnaged to R888's but 10 minutes before the race the heavens opened the the track was once again completely soaked. We quickly swapped back to the F1's with James in the DC2 opting for some cut R888's. I thought this would give me the edge and I managed to hold 4th place quite well for the 1st 4 laps, but then as the track started to dry again, it was clear the tyre choice was going to play another vital part. I managed to hold 4th place right until the last lap where a missed gear going into the goose-nack saw James sitting on my rear bumper. As I came into the chicane before the rise, James made a pass on the outside which saw him dive in front but we were both carrying to much speed which ended in James missing the corner and bouncing across the grass and coming back on the track at the top of the jump. I managed to scrub some speed off and stay on track which saw me then carry more speed over the jump and nearly pass james but he wasnt going to let that happen, Unfortunately that took us into the tightest part of the circuit with no room for passing and then down over the finish.
So 4th overall and 2nd in the Honda class although I'm sure whenever James looks at his trophy he will see my smiling face :lol: :lol: Damn good racing though and i'm sure the crowd loved every minute off it :twisted:

What was even better was that aswell as my times in Race 2 only being around 1.8 seconds slower than the Time Attack boys, my qualifying times would of put me in the front row of the Tin Tops series which is full of very well prepped Hondas and the like.


So needless to say it was another great weekend with some very close racing (and plenty of beer and socialising)


Big thanks to Richy performance-autoworks for collecting me and the car, supporting me on the day aswell as being the wheel man, time keeper, camera man and general Biatch :lol:
Plenty of video footage to come including James keeping the grass company so watch this space :p



Cheers for reading :wink:
 

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Sounds like you had a lot of fun mate
 
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