Waking on Sunday morning, the forecasts showed a constant risk of rain showers throughout the day and during the qualifying sessions we suffered from the first of many showers that would arrive during the day.
Despite riding strong at Castle Combe, things were not flowing during the qualifying sessions and we struggled to put in decent times. Fortunately it appeared that we were not the only team struggling and we managed to qualify 2nd in the Mini Sound of Thunder class (3rd on the combined grid) and 10th in the Formula 600 class.
Our first race of the day was the Peak Cup. With each passing lap, we were starting to get more and more comfortable and settled into a mini-battle with Matt Zschiesche before we finished in 9th place.
On the last lap we made an attempted move on Jed Bird for 4th place into the back esses - but we didn't quite make it passed Jed so backed off, as did Jed, which cost us both a couple of seconds as we fumbled through the corner. With yellow flags being shown at Townleys and the hairpin, we never managed another attempt and crossed the line in 5th place, just 0.13 of a second behind Jed at the chequered flag.
We still have an outside chance of retaining the Mini Sound of Thunder championship - being 22 points behind Elliot Williams with 36 points available at the final round - but the odds are against us. A couple of extra points in the Formula 600 championship mean that we have moved up to 8th place in the Formula 600 championship.
FORMULA 600 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (AFTER 6 OF 7 ROUNDS) - TOP 10
Lloyd Shelley 45
Jamie Pearson 39
Rich Baker 38
Matt Zschiesche 30
Carl Booth 28
Chris Sammons 27
Stephen Parsons 18
David Carson 12
David Shallcross 12
Scott Stevens 11
MINI SOUND OF THUNDER CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (AFTER 6 OF 7 ROUNDS) - TOP 5
Elliott Williams 85
David Carson 63
Ian Robinson 21
Jason Wilkes 12
Richard Stubbs 12
Our next race meeting is the last of the season - Darley Moor Round 7 and the prestigious "Stars at Darley" event on Sunday 7th October. We have submitted an entry into the prestigious "Stars at Darley" event itself, on our Kawasaki Supersport machine, but even if our entry is accepted our participation in the races will be subject to meeting the qualifying criteria. As always, we'll let you know how we get on! :-)