Oulton Park 6 October 2012

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Oulton Park 6 October 2012

Post by CNHSS1 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:51 pm

I was expecting to be unable to attend anything last weekend due to work, but 'luckily' BT cant fit phone and broadband lines to our new showroom so we cant open (dig a pigging hole, and twist some wires together--how bloody hard can it be!! :evil: )

anyway, Ben Gough had sent me tickets on the off chance we could make it. We were greeted by a lovely bright crisp saturday morning and in fact, by mid afternoon it was T shirt weather, no coats or sweaters required! Maybe summer has arrived after all.

Having watched a bit of the Deutsche Marque racing with 80/90s Porsches and BMs mainly, we readied ourselves for the 'main event' the Swinging Sixties class. Paul Turbulls old orange GTE Se5(a??) was there along with Colin Swinnerton (i think) in his yellow GTE. No John Leslie at this race though.
Ben, and Iain 'Danny' Daniels, and Dannys ever so patient and much prettier better half Ann with to be found lounging on deck chairs around the trailer, barely aware that mere feet away (opposite in fact) was JayKay the front man of Jamouriqui (bet ive spelt that wrong..) who was competing with Sarah Bennett-Bags in a Porsche 968 in another class. Im not sure whether our interpid trio were 'too cool' to care about the pop star across the way or whether they only listen to radio 4...

Go-Faster Gough informed me that qually hadnt gone to plan with a damp track and dodgy brakes, giving only 13th place from 32 runners. The brakes were juddering really badly so a quick post qually tweak of a wheel bearing and blast up the paddock road, confirmed it was much better and full 'Attack mode' could be engaged for the race.

we sat at the downhill left hander that heads towards the Island section (dunno the names). Lap one and the Marcos driven by Danny for the first stint, appeared in 11th, so he'd popped a couple off the line, and as he rounded the left hander had lined up another couple as he disappeared out of sight.

2nd lap and a different sight was to appear. the Marcos was about 7th, but completely sideways at about 80+mph!! as the car had popped over the brow and gone light, a 'surge of gravity' gripped the car and attempted to frighten the be-jesus out of Danny the by now, passenger. the following pack didnt know which way to go, all looking to see which way hed spin. luckily the car took to the grass and slid to the bottom of the hill before coming to gentle halt. The engine had stopped and being one of those old van engines with triple weber 'hosepipes into cylinders' and ignition from a cuckoo clock, the bloody thing wouldnt fire up!! What seemed like an eternity, was long enough for all the pack to pass and drop the marcos dead last, but approx 15-20 seconds behind last place! Blimey Danny, nowt like making life difficukt for yourself mate!

After talking sweetley to the clearly upset Essex, it coughed into life and Danny gnned it after the long-gone train of cars. Clearly pigged off, but with a just as clear cracking car under him, Danny was on a mission. in about 3 laps he'd caught and passed the stragglers, and set about getting up the order. Coming out of Island bend over the crest and down into Knickerbrook, Danny was taking 4-5 car lengths out of the competition. Im not sure if the brakes were now great or he just wasnt using them, but it was mega! a few more laps at that pace and the inevitable happened and he overshot the chicane a tad, nothing bad, but defo a case of 'finding the limit' by overstepping it! No harm done but a couple of seconds lost.
another incident with an ailing Alfa and yellow flags (dont all Alfas 'ail'?) again lost a bit of time, but the charge was well and truly on.

when Ben took over at the pitstop (mighty fast one according to Team Principal and allround Top Lady, Ann), they were mid pack.
The leading cars were lapping the field and the Marcos would soon be in range of the marshalls and their Blue flags. The leader ina Lotus 7 coffin-dodgem took a few laps to get past Ben as whilst the 7 was quick out of corners it struggled to keep up with the little red express train. Ben let him through, but the second place car just couldnt catch him (an Elan in Gulf colours), eventually getting past when they both encountered traffic.

After 40minutes of exhausting spectating, the boys brought the Marcos home relatively unscathed (John Louch= Im sworn to secrecy as to who scraped the rear drivers wing John, but it was Ben :mrgreen: ) and in 8th place. A great drive by both 'Little' and 'Large', and a real case of what could have been. If theyd have had a better qually position, the maiden win was a real possibility. To be honest, if Dannys 2nd lap overtake had come off (overtake/heroic manouevre/lunacy/brain fade--delete as applicable) then it wouldve been a dead cert.

thanks from myself, Claire, Finn and Tristan to Ben, Danny and Ann for the fun and banter at the races we've attended this season, great to watch 8)

cant wait for 2013


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Re: Swinging Sixties Oulton Park October 6th

Post by dcw7095 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:10 pm

CNHSS1 wrote:we sat at the downhill left hander that heads towards the Island section (dunno the names). Lap one and the Marcos driven by Danny for the first stint, appeared in 11th, so he'd popped a couple off the line, and as he rounded the left hander had lined up another couple as he disappeared out of sight.
Cascades I think...


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Re: Swinging Sixties Oulton Park October 6th

Post by turbster » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:26 pm

Sounds like a fun race, bet they'd have settled for a nice easy run at the front tho!! Well done never the less, sounds like it was a mega comeback drive!! So it's all out for the win next year then...just hope I can keep up with them in the Coupe :wink:


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Re: Swinging Sixties Oulton Park October 6th

Post by CNHSS1 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:52 pm

Yep, think your right with Cascades

I reckon you guys will have fun next season Paul, coupe will be lighter than a GTE, similar to the marcos is expect?
Course youve already won in swinging sixties, so they are llaying catch-up ;-)


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