After missing out on Knockhill in 2014, I knew I had to make the trip this time as we are not sure when we’ll go back. Loaded up I drive for 8.5 hours straight to meet my father in Trossach’s on Friday – he decided to make a week of it. I then get up and head off to Knockhill first thing Saturday morning.

Arriving at around 10:30am the paddock which is not the largest was already full so we set up camp in the corner of the car park behind the Pits. Testing is at 5:30pm so its a leisurely prep of the car, sign on and scrutineer. Spotting the new temp sensor I installed is not working I am kindly given a spare by Alex of 4G racing. Time to enjoy the beautiful setting the circuit is in as well. Testing is fun, first time out on this track – the Duffus Dip at the end of the start finish straight takes a bit of commitment and Butchers through Arnold Clark WOW that is seriously seat of the trousers time.30 mins fly past and I like the circuit, its fast and a real test.

I qualify P5 in class in qualifying for race 1 and P4 for race 2 but I am confident of having a good battle with Martin Webber when we race. Race 1 was awful from the start, the people setting up the grid muck up the placing but I fail to take advantage as I stall then get angry and spin at Butchers – what a start. Then I’m flying, and settle in to a futile chase of Martin. Then the clutch starts slipping, its so bad I struggle round so have to retire. This issue is wrecking my season. With only a couple of hours between races I’m limited on what I can do, we change the alternator belt and VVC solenoid as they are playing up and wrestle the clutch arm to see if this helps. It doesn’t and although the car is much better running with a new VVC solenoid I do not get off the line in race 2 and limp round to retire straight away. Gutted I need 30 mins to myself as I am so disappointed.

2016 073104 Tim before quali at Knockhill

Glad I did the testing as I loved it and at least I got some track time, the camera footage will be up soon with some photos.

View from the car park spot.

Having to withdraw from Oulton is disappointing but I know that with holidays and the move its impossible to get the time to resolve. Snetterton therefore must be the aim.

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