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On the Podium....Yippee!! (with short vids)

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Back to Pembrey on the ‘Classic’ circuit for rounds 5&6 of the Welsh Sports and Saloons Championship.

 

I stayed down the road at the usual place and with my trusty ear plugs in and had an ok night’s sleep despite my mates ridiculous snoring again. It was an early start with sign-on at 7.30am. Annoyingly we were the last race of the day as well at 5.30pm. It was going to be a long day in the hot sun…..

 

Still, it was dry and that’s how I like it as these caterfields just don’t seem to go as well as the saloons in the wet (or is it just me!) Quali went well as I dialled ina tidy lap having cleared the traffic early on the session. I was very surprised with 3rd overall, albeit the grid was only 14 for this race, down on what it normally is. It was tight with 4 cars within a second of each other from 3rd to 6th and some powerful cars behind.

 

Into the first race I had a shocker as I missed 3rd gear on the rolling start. That put me well down and my main championship competitor two cars in front. I just thought ‘get your head down’ and don’t panic as it’s class points that count – I won’t be winning any races outright. The two cars between him and I, passed him mid-race and on about lap 10 of 14 I managed to get past him, overtaking around the outside of the hairpin again. This car is great on the brakes! A class win and 4th overall was a result I was pleased with but a bit of a let off really as I screwed it right up at the start.

 

The second race was looking interesting as I was on the outside of the grid. I also had some powerful cars ahead of me so I had it all to do on the brakes into the first corner. But… just before the 1-minute board came out,  main my class competitors got out of his car. Turns out he had left the filler cap off his petrol tank located in the rear of the car. Sportingly, my mate gave him a hand and he started from the pits, setting off as the last car went past.  He had a great race through the pack by all accounts.

 

At the start, I got lucky on the brakes round the outside of one car in front of me, then managed to go round the outside of one other car before the back straight (I backed him up a bit before the straight as I thought he might just outdrag me otherwise) and before I know it I was second overall! It didn’t last! One very fast car that had a problem in the first race drove from the back of the grid and caught me on the second lap. Impressive stuff with only a 1.05 lap! Still, I managed to hold onto 3rd place overall, albeit with a lot of defending at the hairpin and doing my very best to get away in the twisty bits from the more powerful cars. 1st in class too. I was well chuffed to be on the podium (even if they don’t actually use it at Pembrey!). Fastest lap in both races was the cherry on top! In what must be the fluke of the century, I’m still leading the championship after 6 of 12 rounds. Rolly on Donny in July, one of my favourite circuits.

 

Bad race start:

 

 

Mid race shenanigans:

 

 

Good race start (up to second - that's a first for me if you can excuse the pun!!!):

 

 

Mike

 

 

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quite astonishing how fast some of the other cars pickup at the start. good racing as usual. maybe they shoudl start and televise them more interesting than the F1

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Great fun all round, nobody had any incidents and the sun shone all day! Its' £300 for quali and two races so I actually think its not bad value at all. A trackday can easily be over £200 for the day but its just not as intense fun.

11 hours ago, Ben (bunje) said:

quite astonishing how fast some of the other cars pickup at the start. good racing as usual. maybe they shoudl start and televise them more interesting than the F1

Yeah there are some seriously fast cars out there. Amazing what a good set of pads and 139bhp can do! The caterham 310r races are a good watch of you tube, its endless overtaking and incidents. A bit beyond my budget thought!

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11 hours ago, DonPeffers said:

Mid race 1 looked great fun and skill.

That 106 looks like its rwd! He almost lost it when the blue kit car blew its engine. Its non-stop action great fun. Im amazed we don't see more westies out there (the winner of both races drives a Westie SE with 240bhp Millington engine and  slicks. Its an epic car (the yellow and blue livery)

Mike

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Brill - well done Mike

Great following your progress.

And fuels my fantasy of being on podium racing myself.... after beating you at Blyton sprint all them years ago! :p:p

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On 13/06/2018 at 08:59, Dave (OnliestSmeg) - Manchester AO said:

Brill - well done Mike

Great following your progress.

And fuels my fantasy of being on podium racing myself.... after beating you at Blyton sprint all them years ago! :p:p

Yes you did Dave there's no denying that! Was a great day that one (even if I did loose!) [INSERT RACING DRIVERS EXCUSE(S) HERE].

It's not a huge cost to cross over if you are already set-up to sprint.

I just don't think you can beet wheel-to-wheel racing.

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