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Racing

Snetterton Jul 2005

With the differential problems fixed, we were confident for our next outing at Snetterton. This 3 hour race required 3 drivers, so Tony Rodriguez and Ed Moore were joined by newcomer Jason White in his first race. Jason, another CSL owner and track day refugee, had a history in kart racing and was very quick in testing. Qualifying went very well, with an 8th place overall, 2nd in class just 1 place behind the Handkamer/Leslie E36 which was less than half-a-second quicker. Tony started the race, to be faced instantly by a horrendous first corner incident where he just avoided being t-boned by a spinning Ferrari. Tony handed over to Jason, who on his first lap was also faced with a spinning car and suffered a spin himself in avoiding it. Unfortunately the car stalled and refused to restart. The car was recovered and the electrical problem rectified. Jason then had a really good stint, and handed the car back over to Tony, who after a few laps decided that we were so far behind, that he would hand the car over to Ed to have a few laps of enjoyment. This is probably something Ed regrets now, as one his first lap, exiting the famous Bomb Hole, he was treated to a major wheel fracture. The wheel went one way, and Ed and the car hurtled at high speed into the barriers. Ed's extensive experience meant he was well prepared for the incident, and was totally unharmed. The car, however, suffered extensive damage. The wheel problem was traced to a material defect and was terrible bad luck. We posted a best lap of 1:13.113 in the race and completed 78 laps, but we all went home disappointed. Surely our luck would improve soon!

 

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