Classic Touring Car
Racing Club meeting on 28 May 2007 organised by the Castle Combe Racing
Sunshine and Showers
Trying to stay clear of a sliding Brian
Stevens in his XJS Neil makes up places on the first lap of the Group 1
The sub title refers
more to the team 76ís mood. It was a very cold and miserable day
weather-wise, with all Neilís track time either in the rain or on a wet
track. The Fiesta went really well in a race won by Peter Halford in his
orange Camero. Neil made a fantastic start finishing sixth overall and
winning his class. Things werenít so hot with the Capri which wasnít able
to take the grid after technical problems.
Ian Lawson attacking the Capri with
hammer and Porta Power but it didn't take to the grid after last
David Thomas with eventual winner
Peter Halford right behind. They are followed by the battling Escort
RS2000's of Steven Primett and Simon Kinsey.
Multiple Past Champion Nigel Garrett returned to the fray in his
Dolomite and is seen battling with David Howard who did not have a
Big Al was back in his yellow beast
and spent a lot of the race battling with Ian Clark.
With limited entries of older cars Classics and Post Historic were
merged into one race.
The track was awash with water during qualifying and Neil lost all hope
of setting a good time when he was involved in a coming together with Ian
Clark at The Esses on the second lap. Ian went into the corner much faster
than Neil, hitting his rear quarter, spinning him round and hitting him
again. Both cars suffered body damage but were able to continue, albeit
with Neil towards the rear of the grid. Simon Kinsey set the fastest time
followed by the Miniís of Andy Messham and Phil Manser and James Christie
in his Avenger.
Ian Lawson helped straighten out the bodywork ready for the race but
number two 76 Capri wasnít able to take the grid. The wheel studs were
irreparably damaged when changing the wheels just before the car was
called to the assembly area.
The track was dry for the race. Simon Kinsey (Escort RS2000)
capitalised on his pole position and led for the first two laps before
David Thomas (Capri) took over the lead. Come lap four he had to
relinquish this to a slow starting Peter Halford (Camero). Simon Kinsey
was having gearbox problems and retired without any drive, just as he was
starting a battle with Stephen Primett.
David Howard finished fourth, making up places after starting in an
unaccustomed fourteenth place. The dry conditions werenít so friendly to
front row starter Andy Messham who was lapped by Peter Halford in the dry
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last minute wheel change on the Fiesta was entrusted to Alistair.
the first four laps Neil had a lonely race.
Class rival Steve Barber sandwiched
between the Capri's of Martin West and David Margalies
The Competition Secretary exploring
the possibility of running the race anti-clockwise next year!
Pole sitter Peter Halford made a slow start on a damp track and was
swallowed up by nearly half the field before the first corner and David
Thomas took an early lead. Neil made his usual excellent start and was up
to seventh place by the first corner,
where we lost Mark Fowler (Capri), and Brian
Stevens (XJ12) retired soon afterwards.
Neil got by Martin West (Capri) around the back of the circuit, to
finish the first lap in fifth place, holding that until the third lap when
Peter Halford thundered by in his Camero. Peter demonstrated superb
control of his big car, going on to pick off the other front-runners and
win by nearly seven seconds from David Thomas and Jim McLoughlin in their
Capriís. The rest of Neilís race was quite lonely, the leaders pulled away
from him and he increased the gap to the pursuing pack, finishing twenty
five seconds in front of Steve Barber driving Chris Brayís Escort.
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Page added 29 May 2007
(1) Link to Dave Kirbys pictures added 20 June 2007