Another fantastic MG Live put on by the MGCC, and a great Martin Boys Weekend as my sons William and Eddie joined their Uncle Tom and Granddad Roger for the weekend. Friday the car took its first public showing with black runabout alloys and received lots of great comments on the look. The race tyres will have to stay silver for the time being!
After a lovely Friday, normal MGCC Race conditions resumed on Saturday with rain and drizzle. Having bought a pair of Yokohama tyres for the front I was left having to run the Toyo’s as they perform better in the wet. Quali was very slippy but uneventful, the track was wet but grip certainly started to come back towards the end of the session. Qualified P3 behind Paul and John but I felt more familiar with the layout than I did last year.
Race 1 did not go as planned, the green flag lap as I head through Beckett’s the car loses grip at the rear and I do a full pirouette in front of Martin’s 160, fortunately he stopped. The start was a blinder probably my best ever I managed to get past both John and Paul plus a couple of 170’s before John slipped back through and the 170’s went past. I managed to keep Paul at bay but then disaster I spin again letting both Paul and Martin through. The car stalls but I get it going and head off once more knowing that there is probably something wrong but its pulling OK so it cant be a puncture. Another spin off and grass collection at Brooklands and Woodcote where I nearly take the rear out the car determine its time to retire so I plod round to the Pit entrance and with a white/black diagonal flag being waved cruise into the pit garage. As i step out the car I can smell petrol and a glance under the car shows a leak spraying all over the n/s/r tyre.
Two small jubilee clips kindly provided by Ian Morgan of Ian Morgan Racing get the car back up and running but a precautionary replacement of the fuel pipes will be needed. Just a shame the repair has eaten into my look round MG Live time.
Race 2 was much more successful, again a good start allows me past Paul and then I try and keep him behind but he is just too quick through the corners and gets back through after two laps. John does his usual off into the sunset and as is the way with Silverstone its a long time until the 190’s get round to lap you so I tuck in and try and keep up with Paul to improve my lines as he slowly creates out a gap over the remainder of the race.