| Thanks to all
who came to race and support at Mallory Park yesterday. It was an
enjoyable start to the season. Welcome to newcomer Ian Reed who has
bought Paul Richardson’s well-prepared G20. Paul, where are
you with your new Taydec, when will you join us? It was very good
to have Richard out with us again in his E-type, domestic issues having
interfered with his racing last year, and also Dominic, once again
enjoying his Crossle, which Paul Somerville drove in the Allcomers.
Paul’s G4’s engine sadly didn’t survive being dynoed,
but he will be out with us later in the season. We were visited by
Mark Bowd, another new member, who has a GT40. He had entered for
Mallory, but also suffered a setback owing to an out-of-balance flywheel.
Mark will be out at Brands; be nice to him as it will be his first
race! Martin (Taydec) Charles (Westfield 11) Ken (Mamba) and (G20)
and Cheng (Cobra) completed the SRGT entry.
8 registered SRGT cars were out, the combined grid - SRGT plus Kitcars
plus a few invitees, totaled 23 cars, which made for two busy races.
Cheng was SRGT winner of the first race, coming in second overall
to prolific champion Jon Milicevic. Jon is, fortunately as I understand,
likely to be a rare visitor to the Kitcar Championship in his Caterham
7, these having been allowed to race this year in an effort to swell
their numbers. As his was the only 7 out yesterday it probably hasn’t
made much difference. Worth a try, though. Ken, Matt and Ian were
respectively winners of classes B,C and D.
Though the class
winners were the same, the second race was a very different story.
A brief but heavy rain shower left the newly resurfaced track greasy
and treacherous, the two previous races both being red-flagged and
restarted. Kitcar champion and poleman Andy Hiley quickly opened
up a huge lead, but within a couple of laps our Matt moved up into
second place from 14th on the grid, and began to chase him down.
A tremendous drive gave him fastest lap and well-deserved SRGT honours,
and had he been better positioned on the grid he would surely have
been the outright winner. Well done to him and his team - a very
well set up car, beautifully driven. I confidently predict this
won’t be Matt’s only win this season.
Now guys you
need to get your Brands entries in QUICKLY; Chris Norman, who has
taken over from Robin Knight, has warned me that we may have a full
grid, so enter now. We want to see plenty of SRGT cars out there
– you’ve registered now come and race! At Mallory the
catering section (many thanks Alistair) provided fried egg and bacon
rolls as well as coffee, tea and biscuits, though lack of access
to power meant the coffee making relied on Calor gas. I hope at
Brands we’ll be able to hook up to the National Grid and the
urn will be operational. We’ll try to do bacon butties again,
but no promises. Look for our awning with the SRGT banner: THE place
to meet for news, views, advice and techie talk. Some of you have
to collect your free SRTC race holdalls too, how much more exciting
can it get?