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Michael in front of Equipe Team 76 at
This was the first
event with the Fiesta and it was to prove eventful. In Post
Historic Neil spun the Capi into the kitty
litter after three laps of qualifying and when it came to the Fiestas turn
the engine died on the first lap.
Come the races the Capri's Ric Wood engine blew up after three laps. The
Post Historic race was won by David Howard with Steve Pimett just a few
seconds behind. We were denied seeing what David Thomas could do when he
went off after tangling with Simon Kinseys rapid Escort.
Things were better for Neil in Group 1, despite having to start from the
back of the grid. Neil made a super start and finished second in class, a
great dťbut with the new car. Stacy Vickers had a conclusive win over
David Howard and Mark Fowler.
Neil being extracted from the gravel
chasing Mark Lucock during his charge back through the field.
Howard's big cat purred its way to another Post Historic win.
Aluminium coated spark plug!
All had not gone well at Retro Fords Bruntingthorpe
cay and the number one Capri had to go back to Ric Woods for a re-build
before Brands. We only got it back on the Tuesday before, in an epic 850
mile day, which was, described elsewhere!
The plan was to take things easy for the first few laps of qualifying
before opening things up. Unfortunately, when open up time came Neil
overdid things a little and ended up in the kitty litter at the foot of
Paddock Hill bend! Up front, things were similar to last year. David
Howard set fastest lap followed by Stephen Primett. It was a little
surprising to see David Thomas back in third and well done to Tony
Crudgington for qualifying in fourth.
After the qualifying problems, Neil started well down the grid in 15th
place. He got his usual superb start though and by the first corner had
passed Nick Jones (Anglia), Andrew Clarkson (Firenza), James Christie
(Avenger) and Len Allgood (Escort). Neil outbreaked Mark Osborne
(Dolomite) into Paddock Hill bend, only for Mark to get by again. The
Capri was going like a train though and by the end of the third lap Neil
had passed Mark Aistrip (Escort) and was up into seventh place when David
Thomas (Capri) and Simon Kinsey (Escort) came together and went off.
Passing the start finish line Mike Hayward thought Neilís Ric Wood motor
was off song. It was, there was a sudden loss of power and Neil pulled
off, his race over.
Up at the front David Howard had got away first but Steve Primett bogged
down and both Simon Kinsey and David Thomas got by. These two were close,
too close, coming together on Clearways taking both of them off. I didnít
see the incident but afterwards David Thomas had damage on the offside
front of his Capri and Simon Kinsey the nearside rear wheel-arch. This
suggests they touched when David tried to overtake on the inside.
Going back to the start a lot more had happened. Tony Crudgington snaked
sideways, which with Steve bogging down caused those behind to lift off.
Both James Christie and Mark Lucock got away very smartly, in Marks case a
little too smartly and he was docked 10 seconds, which would drop him to
ninth in the results, even though he crossed the line in fifth place.
Things stayed pretty much as they were amongst the leaders, apart from
David Thomas charging through the field to get up to fourth by lap nine,
when the race was red flagged after Andrew Clarkson went off in what was
adjudged a dangerous position. Not a good race for team 76 as when we got
the Capri back to the paddock it looks as if the pistons have melted.
Click here for results
Vickers leads David Howard, Brian Stevens, Mark Fowler and the pack
into Paddock Hill Bend
passing Steve Barber and and about to polish off Peter Nixon
Stevens being led away after his misdemeanour
ended the day on a happy note.
We were full of anticipation for our first race in
the ex-Hugh Poston Fiesta XR2, freshly painted in team 76 colours and
bearing Neilís racing number. Qualifying didnít go very well as the new
car didnít compete a lap before rolling to a stop after Druids with what
transpired to be a HT problem. Class rival Don Hughes didnít have much
luck either, last years champion had his Golf stick in third gear and he
didnít make the start.
It took a while to diagnose the problem with the Fiesta and while
Neil and Marc Lawrence left the circuit in search of parts Michael and
Mike went to see the Clerk of the Course and Neil was given the OK to
start from the back of the grid.
Come the race it was another super start by Neil, gaining four places off
the line and tucking in behind son Chrisís Escort, which was being driven
by Steve Barber. These two had a quite a battle, passing and re-passing
each other until about half way when Neil got by for good, pulling away
and passing Richard Langeveldís Capri as well. We thought Neil had the
lead of the class when he passed Pete Nixonís Golf, which retired soon
afterwards when he missed a gear and blew the engine. However, despite
what the program said Gregory Carpenters Lotus Cortina was also in the
same class so Neil was officially second. Michael had been signalling Neil
to slow down once he got nearly ten seconds in front of Steve Barber so we
will never know if Neil could have got by him.
Up at the front pole sitter Stacy Vickers had a lonely race at the front
of the field. Brian Stevens pursued him in his XJS before loosing it at
Druids and failing to get out of the kitty litter. This left fellow Jag
driver David Howard to try to restore British superiority over Japanese
rotary power but it was not to be. As well as loosing Peter Nixon and
Brian Stevens, James Sobey rolled his Renault 5 into a ball on the first
lap and David Weir lunched his smoky Hermetite
Capriís engine on lap eight.
Click Here for Results
Page added 27 April 2007 and updated
28 April 2007
**Link to Dave Kirby's & Pete Nixons sites added 29 April 2007