first outing of 2012 for the SRGTC race series was at a warm and
very sunny Silverstone. Lots of supporters came to watch and help
including Andy Lambert, Rob Downey and Myles Castaldini along with
future racer Mark Pickford and his Ferrari P4 team, Mark hopes to
be out racing with us soon.
qualifying John Dickson locked the back wheels of his Cobra on
the out lap and collided fairly heavily with the pit wall damaging
the front end of the car.
Dickson returned to the paddock, Cheng Lim was already working out
the possibility of getting him out for the race. Whilst Myles Castaldini
dismantled the car, Cheng appeared with a radiator and Bruce even
opened Competition Supplies to get an oil cooler and hose. Formulavee
loaned the lads a welder and lots of banging and bending later the
front frame was straightened with radiator and cooler in place.
Then with the assistance of more people than you could mention the
front body was fitted and the car ready to be passed just as they
were called to the assembly area.
Cheng qualified in second place followed by John Plant in his
very nice Allard and Mark Jordan, who would not race due to oil
problems with his Cobra. The next six places were taken by Sports
Specials, which we share the grid with this year, followed by
Ken Culverwell then Ken Paton who was taking it easy due to yet
another rebuilt engine being run in although a very excited Charles
Best managed to stay with him some of the time. Next was Graham
Paddick with Charles Best and Paul Richardson in their very nice
Lotus 11 and 23 respectively.
Jordan wasn't without problems and despite the best efforts of
Myles to repair a brake problem Mark wasn't so confident about
the noises the engine had been making in practice and a suspected
dodgy oil feed so decided it would be wiser not to race.
the race started Cheng had tussle with John Plant, changing places
for the first few laps before Cheng pulled clear to take lead
until he was forced to retire when he lost drive due to a recurrent
transmission problem, this left Caterham driver Chris Porrit running
with Sport Specials to take the overall win. Ken Culverwell didn't
finish having lost his brakes while Ken Paton had a quiet race
finishing third in the SRGTC race and eighth overall. A very consistant
Graham Paddick had a good battle with the blue Eclipse of Sports
racer Paul Boyd who finally took the flag first. Charles Best
was in good company and despite a slight nudge from one of the
Sports specials had a good race with Paul Richardson and it was
nice to see the two cars out together.
of the race was John Dickson starting from the back of the grid.
He spun it early in the race but recovered to take SRGTC first
place after Cheng's retirement which was a great effort on John's
part. This is what club racing and more so the SRGTC is about,
mates having fun and helping each other out. A nicer bunch of
people you will not meet so if you have a sports, GT or even saloon
car built before 1980 you could do far worse than an outing with
the SRGT. Let's see a great turn out for Brands Hatch on the weekend
of the 28th and 29th April.