Given the decision to commit to Roadsports, I started to modify the car, something that could not be done to any extent in the MR2 Championship. The plan was to keep in Class D for Cadwell and then lighten the car as much as possible for the next round at Donington in September. Coilovers, offset wheels, and chassis bracing were the starting point; as the photos show the car started to look more poised.
My performance in qualifying was decidedly average placing me 3rd in Class D, 21st overall out of 27 cars. The first Class D car was over 3 seconds faster and second in Class was 1.5 seconds per lap ahead; the fight was on!
I had a great start for the race and managed to get past 2 cars in the first lap, one of which was the second placed Class D opponent in a Ginetta G40. Thereafter he was a constantly filling my rear mirror until he pitted but it was encouraging to be able to hold him off.
Given my Class win at Croft, my pit stop was extended by an extra 15 seconds in the form of a ‘success penalty’. Entering back on circuit I was 11 seconds behind the Ginetta driven by Stephen Docker; the gap started to reduce as I fought to chase him down. Unfortunately the race was red flagged after a particularly nasty crash just after Barn where a competitor had spun, hit the barrier and bounced back into the middle of the track. Dirt and debris, plus the car were literally blocking the circuit and the race was ended whilst the Marshalls cleared up the wreckage. Fortunately the driver was uninjured but it curtailed our race somewhat.
So, another podium finish, 3rd in Class, which was a good result. All the signs are encouraging for the future. As ever, Dave Jacobs’ support and friendship is a large part of the success. VR2U Racing Team is growing with our first ever use of a pit board, expertise being provided by Robin Jones. My son, Paul, has also been a massive help; these guys are fantastic people and work so well together.