2020 Round up
What an odd year 2020 has been. Lockdown 1 gave me the longest time “holiday” I’ve ever had. Unfortunately that is an unpaid holiday of course.
But it did give me time to get the engine refitted to the Caterham.
The odd 2020 season kicked off with my first race for some time at Thruxton. This event was also used as a test and proving of the changes to the car.
Everything worked as it should and I got the Class Win and 5th overall.
Next event was my local circuit, Brands Hatch. A miss-fire developed as the race progressed, the miss-fire became quite problematic and felt like fuel starvation. Despite the fault, I achieved fastest lap of the race and took overall win. As always, great to get first place at the local circuit, with Northern Commercials watching from their Hospitality Suite, Taxave in attendance.
The miss-fire was caused by a spilt fuel hose within the tank, an easy fix.
On to Castle Combe.
Rain threatening and sure enough, it rained for the eventful race start. Tim Davis some how failed to get away cleanly when the lights went out and promptly got hit from behind by Teammate Colin Watson. Everyone kept moving and race got underway without delay.
Tricky slippery conditions, especially as the CSCC’s series regulations require us to race on road legal tyres, not racing wet tyres.
I found my rhythm and kept it clean until the race was red flagged when a car hit the barrier at Tower Corner. Unfortunately the race was not restarted due to the time needed to repair the barrier. This was really frustrating as I was making good progress and the restart had bunched the field up, giving me good potential to improve from my 5th place.
However, that is where we were classified, another Class Win and 5th overall.
Next came Mallory Park.
I last went round Mallory on a Yamaha R6 motorbike in the year 2000. Not exactly useful or up to date circuit knowledge. Despite that, I learned quick, qualified fourth, finished third on the podium behind some higher power cars, 1st in Class again.