Stuff that popped up in print.
SNETTERTON 19/20 September 2015
The big blue boat was in action again this weekend as the
Classic Touring Car Racing Club hit the Snetterton 300 as support series for
the BARC truck racing. That meant crowds, and television.
We’ve never actually driven the 300 before, last time I did
Snett it was the old layout. Bit annoyed to find they’d ruined Coram, and that
infield is a bit stop/start for my tastes, but it’s at least interesting. Early
woes with a misfire gave us 30 minutes of dry testing on old rubber to set
brake balance before the rain descended. Rain taught us much about the layout,
but no data on a dry track would make qualifying essentially a brand new
Brake issues in qualifying suggested setup problems, but the
time was good enough for 3rd on the grid, and when the car in p2 is
a hundred horses down, turn 1 is usually going to go your way. So the race was
predictable in the early phase, chasing Howard’s XJ12, which seems to be my
destiny, as the mirrors swarmed with Escort and a dancing Dolomite, a brief
appearance by an orange Escort throwing petrol all over the place a temporary
The battle became a four-way fight for the lead, until a
Moggie Minor from the pre 66 grid dropped oil and Helen showed them all how
oversteer is done, broadside and dropping to 4th. Clawing back to 2ndas the brakes failed was an irritation, a cooldown lap mid-race is not how we
intended to play. Fortunately, the pedal returned, and the XJS came home in 3rd.
As the winner was invitation class, the results don’t classify the car, which
is an aberration of the regulations, and technically Helen therefore finished
second to the Escort of Primett. The results can say what they like, far as we're concerned we started third and finished third.
This sight is starting to look familiar.
We did a bit of this, and that's before the brakes went...
But race 2 was a riot of fun, and a great way to end a season.