Another fine day's racing - well done to Nick for 4th place in the XR2 race and 2nd on the grid - class act! Good day for Lance too - led for a bit in the second heat and could've won but still - another inspiring day for the 23 legend. Mr Thom was going well in the final until 4 cars entered Duffus and only 2 and a half of them came back out... from the sounds of things Roger Quinn had a really bad accident - the car was an absolute wreck anyway and had clearly turned over at least once... Ali was okay it seemed as we saw him come in on the back of the recovery truck.
Good racing in all the other series too... I'll get to work on the race report for the website and hopefully it'll be up within the next couple of days.
And what was that weather like!?
"Bintcliffe's done it again and the car's f**ked." RIP David Leslie.
Well, not my most fulfilling weekend at Knockhill, think I only did about 8 laps today! However, think that we have finally cracked the intermittent power problem which has been plaguing the car for months now (bloody fuel pump!) so looking forward to the double headers to come.
Seemed to be an entertaining days racing though, with a classic Caterham race, some very nice saloons and sportscars, a fire in the Legends, and some great sounding (and looking) Historics.
Knew it! Day I don't bother coming it ends up sounding quite good!
Not to make things worse for you.... but... :cheese: ...it was actually a great day's racing - XR2s and Legends were great, the Caterham race was by far the best Scottish round ever (three wide through the hairpin?? ) there were loads of weird and wonderful saloons and sporty things around what with the visiting Northern series, the Minis were out at Khill for the last time this season, the FF Zetec race was pretty good with a big accident at the hairpin... plus Jim Clarke destroyed his Legend by backing it into a tyre wall at top speed, bursting the fuel tank and igniting a flash fire!
Plus the weather was the best we've seen at the track since the BTCC in 2000!
So make the effort to be there in future
"Bintcliffe's done it again and the car's f**ked." RIP David Leslie.
Great day's racing there, plus plenty of drama with the previously mentioned Legends wrecks (Ali Hunter must be in despair right now, as I think two of his Legends will be fit for nothing better than spare parts now ) and FFord crash (I suspect we'll be hearing about that one from Dunc when he's next online - there's not a lot left of one corner of his car after that )
Seems a few of our drivers had some bad luck, especially in the XR2s, what with Norm's problems which saw him retire after just a few laps, and Derek showed us his left front tyre after the race, which was missing most of the rubber! From the looks of things he was lucky to reach the finish at all, but I think it cost him a points finish, as he'd previously been at the front end of a group of four or five people fighting over about 14th place.
While we were talking to Derek I overheard Barry saying something about being down on power towards the end, too, so maybe he might have done better, but on the plus side Neil got his first point of the year with a great drive to 15th, and John finished one place higher, while of course Nick was well up the field and got a good top 5 finish
Oh yeah, just remembered something we may well be hearing more of soon - it seems a bunch of FFord drivers got 10 second penalties for... you've guessed it... corner cutting. I remember the controversy it caused last time that happened, so watch out for fireworks! Although admittedly all the FFord people here either benefitted (the Brunton cars went from 4th and 5th to 2nd and 3rd after the penalties) or were unaffected (Dunc was out of the race anyway), so I suspect there won't be quite such a loud outcry this time
Here's a couple of photos KF took of the damaged Legends after the final (sorry about the quality - our digicamera is very cheap) - don't think we'd mentioned it before, but Ian McMurdo was heavily involved in the crash as well (we don't know for sure, but we think Alasdair ran into the back of him during the crash, as the damage on both cars would seem consistent with that)
And Quinn's car was a total mess - I'd be very surprised if we see this shell on track again!
Cheers for the comments guys. I had a great weekend - qualified 2nd and got my best ever finish of 4th place. Had a bit of a moment in qualifying after completely losing it at MacIntyes and eventually stopped at the bottom of the chicane! Cracked the fuel tank but we sorted that easily enough.
I had a great race with Colin Robertson and Ian Forrest. Peter Cruickshank gave me a tap at the chicane which worked to my advantage as it enabled the top 6 to pull away a little.
Colin was in 3rd, me 4th with Ian in 5th and not a problem until Colin was a little slow through the chicane so I had a go up the inside in to Clarks. Colin realized what I was doing and came across to defend and we rubbed a little but gave each other enough room. Unfortunatly, we both lost momentum and Ian just drove past both of us - not happy!
I got Colin when he went wide a MacIntyres but he really gave me a hard time on the final lap and nearly had me at the hairpin but I held on for 4th.
Well done to Russell Morgan on completing his first ever race and he wasn't too far off the pace.
Also, a special thankyou to Jamie Verden Anderson (Mini No. 10) for lending me two Mini passes as my mum made it up to Knockhill at the weekend. She had a great time and enjoyed watching from the BT lodge veranda - cheers Jamie.
What a day! Another fine sunny day at Knockhill (what's going on there then?) and all the races I caught were fantastic
Qualifying was a poor show for me. I opted not to test this weekend, and so had to bed in my new brakes in qualifying. Managed three laps, then pitted, then three more at a slower pace then out came the red flag, denying me the chance to put in some proper quick times. That left me 21st on the grid, so there was some work to be done.
Off the line I took two, then another on the exit of the hairpin on lap one. One more on the entry to hairpin and then a couple of laps later got Derek on the exit of the hairpin. Started to catch up on Neil then stuck the gearbox into fifth instead of third on the entry to Clark, putting me back into the clutches of Derek down Daewoo. Derek promptly took that opportunity to reshape the back end of my car a bit through hairpin, and again at Duffus (the start of his tyre problems I think) but I held onto the place and set about catching Neil again. This went fine fora couple of laps, then the car seemed to lose some power as it wasn't pulling up the main straight properly. Then came the smoke, and on the last lap the oil pressure started to drop when cornering. Seeing as I was well ahead of Chris behind me, I back off, then pulled of the track after the finish line.
21st to 16th was pretty good though, and 6th in the newcomers should hopefully keep me there in the championship too. The reason for the smoke and power loss is still unknown, but the oil sprayed all over the inside of the engine bay says that something is far wrong!
Well done to everyone else on their efforts, good to see such a great result Nick.
Looking forward to the double headers coming up...but not my repair bill
Post by historicracer on Aug 11, 2003 20:29:45 GMT
Hi there another crazy weekend on the legends funny farm.
the Turnkey legend has continuid its strong form since its engine upgrade last month. The car has been regigged since then after its flying lesson and had 6 races at the beutifull Anglsey circuit last weekend , which netted 4 5th positions a 9th and a 4th which included finishing 1.01 seconds behind the winner of the last final but in 5Th position, close or what.
Anyway, this weekend started well with a 5th position from 9th on the grid , pushing Jim clark at the end in a close battle, The second heat started really well taking the lead at the first corner from 4th with the help of Roger Quinn being very accomodating in letting me down his left approaching the first corner, cheers mate.
took off in the lead for the first 3 laps but slowed too much for Jim Clarke s accident and was caught by jamie C and Derek P , knew jamie would get through so let him by quite easily but then made a mistake letting derek by , but third never the less.
started 9th in final ( 3rd in points for the day ) and moved up slowly to 5th holding off ray davidson throughout and was preparing a move on ally hunter on the last lap when the red flags came out , i was classified 6th as they counted back.
it was a real shame for Roger having his accident, hes been a good driver all year putting in fighting performances in the last few races yet not getting in anyones way. According the Scottish LEgends racing site tonight he is badly bruised and had a cat scan earliedr that confirmed that legends drivers have no brains, but is alright and hopeing to get out of hospital tonight or tomorrow morning im sure we all wish him a speedy recovery and hope that this does not dent his racing aspirations too much
hope to see some of you following scottish legends at croft in 4 weeks
Race report is now online, along with a few more driver profiles (we've got our first FFord and Caterhams drivers now - photos are currently sitting on my desk waiting for scanning, so should be up in the next few days :wave:
Mixed weekend for me. The long break from last race gave me time to think where I was making mistakes and I set myself a target of 1sec improvement to the 63's.Testing on Saturday did not go to plan finding the limit on a few corners and a knock on the 2nd session when as Derek Pierce put it" Who reversed into you Ali?" This gave Aly Hunters team a lot of unnecissary work so I promiced Michelle she wouldn't have to spend Sunday fixing my car again. Starting from the back of the main grid I was determined to stay out of trouble on race day. Heat one was most enjoyable with a last corner move on Roger Quinn to take 10th. Heat 2 was even better (apart from the disbelief in seeing Jim Clarks car in flames although he was thankfully okay) with close racing between Roger, Ian and Colin Atkinson and I got my 63.6 target. Final lost the pack a bit getting past Jamie Willis but Colin Atkinson,Ian and Roger were having a real tussle which slowed them down and now in the 63's I started to catch up and the four of us came out of the hairpin together to start the final lap, Roger went to the outside Colin & Ian the inside so I slotted behind them into Duffus. Colin said Ian was pushing him up the straight so he went off at Duffus, I was right up Ian's back and Roger on my bumper. Ian saw Colin heading back for the tarmac and quickly slowed, I couldn't go to the outside so aimed for what little space I hoped would be left between Ian and Colin. I thought I glanced off Ian lifting the front slightly and then getting knocked down to the right by Colin. (Ian tells me I was well airbourne as he could see the underside of my car) Roger following closely hit Ian heavily and launched off his rear somersaulting a number of times before ending on his side. My thoughts as well as I'm sure all of you on this forum are with the Quinn's. Rogers mother had an emergency admission to Hospital on the Saturday night, then Roger on Sunday hopefully both are on the mend now. Hoping to see Roger at the next Knockhill meeting to hear his version on the incident.
Hi yall,,this is really the first time i have had a free night since my worst racing weekend ever!!.For those of you who saw the h.pin cock up and may have herd about saturdays dramas my wee Zetec is finally getting back on track!!! 1st practice sat..Broke gearbox after 2 laps 2nd practice......Cought fire ext Clarks 3rd practice.......went out to blow powder out of car....side pod came off!!!enter wee Olly M and lots of tank tape! In the race it self i never really felt good in my car and had been struggling with my pedal box due to some fire ext. powder that i never cleaned out.My foot slipped of the brake for only a nano second and i thought i was gonna go over the top of the one and only Mr DB.....my boss!!!!!Not a good career move,then i was in trouble trying to go down through the box as any FFZetec driver will tell you they can baulk going into 1st gear,, I did,,, and foolishly selected it just as i turned in and it spun me around,,bad enough yeah but i left little Sarah no room and bang,,,,bigger bang,,,ballocks!!
That was right in front of me and KF too... got some photos (which'll get on the site fairly soon, fingers crossed... got a lot to catch up on after my holiday), though no doubt you won't want to see those again!