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following is a report of what may or may not have taken place on
Saturday and Sunday the 13th and 14th of August 2005. Anything that
is written is just a figment of someone else's imagination and may
or may not be true. I apologise in advance to any offended drivers,
friends, friends of friends and anyone else concerned.
five cars were to qualify for what was going to be an exciting weekends
racing for the Sports Racing and GT Challenge. Rain had been forecast
but as the cars hit the track at eleven thirty three AM the weather
had been kind and the sun shone with just a few clouds slowly passing
above. Cheng Lim put in some early fast laps, his fastest being
on lap four, closely followed by Clinton Dorrel and Mike Walker
(class B). Nick Taylor in his GD Cobra was the one to beat though
and he just seemed to pip the trio on each lap and finally clinched
pole with a time of 52.588 seconds with Cheng being pushed back
to fourth behind Nick, Mike Walker and Clinton Dorrel.
C was lead by Phil Hollins in his Morgan closely followed by class
D drivers Paul Edwards and the ever rapid Myles Castaldini in his
Davrian. We were joined by again Ben Dewen in his D-type and Andrew
Chalmers with a stunning black Porsche 911.
the practice and race we had rain, sun, more rain and more sun,
but the rain was to win and by the time the cars were lined up for
the start of the race the track was soaking, with standing water
in all the wrong places and more rain falling from the ever darkening
the red lights went out to start the race Cheng made an inspired
start, while a very out of shape Nick Taylor was passed by Clinton
and Mike Walker as they went into Paddock bend for the first time.
As Cheng and Nick went into Graham Hill bend, Nick spun collecting
Cheng, closely followed by Paul Hunt in his orange Crossle 9S. The
trio gathering themselves together, rejoined way down the field
with Cheng last.
promoted Mark Walklett in his Ginetta G4 to first place which he
held until lap four when he ran wide and into the gravel at Paddock
corner ending his race. Further down the field the very well turned
out red GT40 of Phil Froud was battling to get past Roger Donnan
in his Stratos replica. Ben Dewen was having a fantastic race in
his D-type and had come from fourteenth to sixth in a nice display
of car control in atrocious conditions. Graham Turner joined us
for the first time this year in his immaculate Gulf liveried GT40
and was battling hard with Andrew Chalmers further back.
hard charging Nick Taylor and Cheng Lim cut their way through the
field to be up to third and fourth respectively until disaster struck
for Nick with a spectacular three hundred and sixty degree spin
and off, sailing across the gravel into the tyre wall at Paddock
just feet away from where Mark Walklett had come to grief earlier.
This put Myles into third place behind Mike Walker. Meanwhile Cheng
was driving as though the track was hot and dry and he didn't seem
to be at all bothered by the water that was catching so many others
out. He caught Clinton for what was to be a nail biter of a finish
with Cheng just seven hundredths of a second behind when they crossed
the line as the chequered flag fell.
was some good steady driving and enjoyable battles from Michael
Shoobridge in his newly acquired Lotus Elan, Graham Paddick as ever
put on a masterful display in awful conditions and not forgetting
Tony Webb in his Ginetta and John Dickson's Cobra.
of the race had to go to Cheng for an excellent display which proves
he must have a cast iron backside, well done that man.
started bright and sunny but threatened to rain after clouds started
rolling over north west Kent around midday. Due to a couple of horrendous
accidents in earlier races in which no one was seriously hurt thankfully,
the race schedule was running very late and the SRGT race amongst
others was reduced to ten minutes. The race finally started in sunshine
around ten past six in the evening with Cheng and Mike Walker getting
the drop on pole man Clinton pushing him back to third place closely
followed by Ian Wilson in a Lotus Europa from sixth on the grid.
a rare but much appreciated appearance was Henry Lawson in his Chevrolet
Lister, he had come from last on the grid (due to not being around
on Saturday to qualify) to eighth by lap five but unfortunately
retired on lap six. Graham Turner was battling to pass Andy Lambert
in his Cobra and finally made the move going into Graham Hill bend
on lap five. Ben Dewen's smoking D-type lost tenth slot to Graham
Paddick on lap five while Andrew Riley in his awesome V8 powered
MGB lost out to David Stafford's Ginetta and Jon Jefferey's Davrian.
Jon had been having ignition and carburetor problems between races
and was thankful that it had been sorted prior to the race as the
car was now on song.
through the race the weather changed and rain started to fall and
we all expected a repeat of yesterdays deluge. It was not to happen
however, for as quickly as the rain came, it went again, giving
way to glorious evening sunshine. Back up at the front Cheng lost
the lead to Clinton on lap six and steadily a small gap opened between
them. Mike Walker was a few seconds behind with Phil Hollins coming
from tenth to fourth some twenty plus seconds behind. Barry Sheppard
had taken the controls of his ever impressive Nomad from Max Sheppard
for this race and was making progress from the rear up to sixth
position with his normal steady style. Michael Shoobridge was now
getting the hang of his Lotus, putting in faster laps on every pass.
Paul Hunt made steady progress in his Crossle to finish sixth form
a twelth place start while Andrew Chalmers could not regain the
place lost to Graham Turner although both drivers were pleased to
have completed the race without mishap.
the race came to a finish at six twenty two with Clint crossing
the line first, Cheng 2.3 seconds behind with Mike Walker less than
half a second behind him.
we lost Mark Walklett near the begining of the race, although not
in so dramatic a style as in the rain soaked previous day. David
Grunberg's Ginetta retired on lap eight.
was an excellent weekend's racing only marred by the delays of a
couple other races.This goes to show how friendly yet competetive
the series is and we look forward to seeing more large grids in
accept my appologies for any errors or if I missed you out in this
report, I was also taking photos which can be seen........ here