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Silverstone 1st April 2012 Race Report.
The 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. Click on photos for larger image

In 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.
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.

As John 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.

Mark 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.

When 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.

Story 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.

Thanks to Ken Paton for the photos.

 


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