After the trip to the northernmost track
on the calendar it was down to Lydden Hill, near Dover on 6 August for the
southernmost round. Many competitors didnít make the journey so Neilís
race was amalgamated with the Classic and Historic's. All the championship
contenders where there though, so it was going to be serious stuff.
Neil had a good practice. The car went well and the new
radiator kept the engine nice and cool, although it wasnít a severe test
as it was a dull day. We were all delighted when Neil qualified fourth
fastest with a time of 50.41, more than two seconds quicker than class
rival Peter Holton in his Rover P6. Championship leader Stephen Primett
was on pole with a time of 49.53. then came Jason Christie (Escort) on
49.58, Julian Belcher in the Classic class with a very quick Vitesse on
50.11, then Neil on 50.41 and Tony Crudgington (Dolomite) on 50.44.
Tony Crudgington would probably have gone quicker but
his front suspension collapsed after a few laps and he had to go into
Dover to have it welded before he could start the race. Championship rival
Steven Young was another to hit problems when the exhaust fell off his
Mini but he was able to fix it before the race. Steven was going to be in
a points problem as he was the only starter in his class.
On the grid the Vitesse didnít take up its position on
the grid and started from the back, which gave Tony Crudgington a clear
run up beside Neil who didnít get way very well and both Tony Crudgington
and Roger Stanford (Lotus Cortina) got past. On the first trip up Hairy
Hill Stephen Primett had a narrow lead over Jason Christie with Tony
Crudgington on his boot lid and Neil battling with Paul Conboy (Vauxhall
Firenza) and Roger Stanford.
By the end of the first lap Stephen Primett had got a
gap on Jason Christie who had Tony Crudgington all over him and he soon
got by during one of Jasonís characteristic sideways moments.
Stephen Primett kept his lead over Tony Crudgington and
Jason Christie but Neil was only just behind having retaken fourth place.
Behind there was a group consisting of Conboy, Stanford and Julian Belcher
in the Vitesse. This was how it continued until lap ten when Jason
Christie pulled off with something awry in his engine. Then Stephen
Primetts engine went off song and slowly Tony Crudgington got closer and
Behind, Neil could see the Conboy/Stanford/Belcher
battle was getting closer and could get rough. He was a long way in front
of class rival Peter Holton so pulled over and let the battling trio past.
Just before the end Paul Conboy had to retire when once again the
Firenzaís clutch exploded and Tony Crudgington overtook Stephen Primett to
take the chequered flag.
Neil came home in a safe fifth place to win his class. A
successful race for the Capri team. The championship table now reads:-
Stephen Primett 64
Neil Bray 59
Steven Young 57