This meeting has been a personal highlight of ours for many years so we took particular care in preparing the race machines as best as we could, as well as doing little jobs like replacing tank rubbers, replacing various insignificant bolts and fixings - just to make sure that everything was perfect. We even gave the caravan a thorough wash!
On Saturday we were only out on track for the hour-long Stars free practice session. The track conditions were dry but there was heavy wind. We went out and realised that we were overgeared for the conditions, so came back in and added 2 teeth to rear sprocket. This then made us slight undergeared, but would be ideal if the forecast rainy conditions arrived on the Sunday.
When we returned out on track for the second outing, the rear tyre didn't feel particularly hot to the touch. After some investigation, Dave Snr declared the rear tyre warmer as 'broken' - so over the winter a new set of warmers will be acquired.
Overnight, and all morning, the rain fell... This prompted a delay to proceedings and a reduction in qualifying session duration and a reduction in the race lengths.
On lap 5 there were yellow flags waving through the back esses all the way to the hairpin, so Brad Vicars slowed behind a backmarker which allowed us to catch up. Rich Baker made a cheeky pass under yellow flags (slap on the wrist for Rich!) which demoted us to 5th on track. By this time, and despite our best efforts, our helmet had started to steam up again and throughout the following laps just got worse and worse - so we were left with no other option than to retire from the race on lap 10.
Looking back at the season, this has been a fantastic year for us which has exceeded our expectations set at the beginning of the season! So we had a little celebration :-)
MINI SOUND OF THUNDER CHAMPIONSHIP (TOP 5)
David Carson 92
Richard Hunt 58
Richard Saville 42
Mike Gittings 28
Martin Robbins 26
FORMULA 600 CHAMPIONSHIP (TOP 5)
Rich Baker 90
David Carson 61
David Shallcross 48
Brad Vicars 45
David Glossop 31
* 2019 Darley Moor "Mini Sound of Thunder" Champion
* 2019 Darley Moor "Formula 600" Championship Runner-Up
* First ever "Formula 600" race win
And last but not least I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my supporters (if you're reading this - then that's you!), Dave Carson Snr, Steph Carson, Lorna Carson & I would particularly like to thank Pomerol Partners, Rock Oil, Eazi-Grip, Sam Pointon and Jason Sedgwick for their support.