Provisional timetable Saturday 8.30 Legends - Qualifying 8.50 British GT - Untimed 10.20 VW Racing Cup - qualifying 10.50 F3's - Qualifying 11.35 UK FF - Qualifying LUNCH 12.55 GT's - Qualifying 1.20 GT's - Qualifying 1.50 Legends - Heat 1 2.10 Caterham Inters. - Qualifying 2.40 F3's - Qualifying 3.20 Caterham Roadsport - Qualifying 3.45 Legends - Heat 2 4.00 VW Racing - Race 4.30 Caterham Inter. - Race 5.10 GT's - Race 6.20 Legends - Final race Sunday 8.30 Minis - Qualifying 9.00 GT's - Warm up 9.20 UK FF - Race 10.00 F3's - Race 11.00 Caterham Roadsport - Race 11.25 VW Racing - Race 12.00 Minis - Race Lunch 1.30 GT's - Race 2.50 UK FF - Race 3.30 F3's - Race 4.20 Caterham Inter. - Race 5.10 Caterham Roadsport - Race
Same complaints as last year if your racing on the Saturday some want to race on the Sunday. Legends all on the Saturday but Minis must sign on and get Scrutineered Saturday but then come back to race on the Sunday! Going by entry list 29 GT's, 27 F3's, 18 Caterham Roadsport, 12 Caterham Inters, 26 VW's, 13 UK FF, 15 Minis and 12 Legends.
Legends Final moved from the Saturday to the Sunday now. Message about it being after GT race ...... so just before UK FF race which shouldn't go down well with a certain Mr Alan Kirkaldy who I understand is trying out Legends as well as FF this weekend!
Interesting day - weather was horrible when we were there, it was a juggling act to avoid getting soaked. The GTs were good fun, I always like watching Sportscars and the second Legends race was fantastic. The various vans running in the Volkswagen Cup were pretty amusing too!
Now I know that a few people have said things about the Clerk Of The Course Nick Clarke and his no-tolerance policy with regards to cars cutting corners etc, but we owe him a thank-you... The car radio drained our battery meaning that at 6.30 in the evening with the circuit office (and the only public phone at the track) locked up for the night (and my mobile having been nicked a couple of weeks back) we were looking pretty stuffed. Race Control was the only place with anyone still wandering around and he was the first person we bumped into but he was happy to lend me his mobile to phone for help so he's a top bloke in the opinion of SCR.co.uk.
Anyway, up at the crack of dawn tomorrow to do it all again and get drowned!
"Bintcliffe's done it again and the car's f**ked." RIP David Leslie.
Sunday was a day of two halves as far as the weather went - dismal all morning and lovely in the pm. Great day's racing - the F3s never seem to produce much actual racing, but I like watching them for the sheer speed they achieve. British GT is probably my favourite visiting series so hopefully it'll be back again next year - well done to Scuderia Ecosse for the 1-2 finish. The Caterhams and Volkswagens were pretty entertaining too so a great weekend. A report for the Legends, Minis and UK FFord (seeing as their were as many Scots runners as Nationals!) will follow around about Wednesday or so as we're going to be away for a couple of days. Bad luck to Yung Yin, she ran really well in the first race and came within a couple of laps of winning the Scholarship class but the car was clearly a handful. Bad luck for the DNF in race 2. Still, many thanks to her for carrying her stickers on her car and hopefully we can get an article of her endevours up on the website within the next few days as well.
"Bintcliffe's done it again and the car's f**ked." RIP David Leslie.
Yup, good weekend's racing overall, really enjoyed watching it
Although I hope Knockhill made a lot of money for it to be worth confusing the heck out of everyone with renaming FOUR corners... it was easy enough to work out what "Real Radio Hairpin" and "John R Weir Chicane" were, but "SEAT Curves" and "Scotsman" were a lot less obvious
sunday was the only day i made it up to knockhill so missed all of saturday's racing. kindof wet i believe anyway, the races i seen and liked where as follow's the Gt's sounded awesome with some very good looking cars getting thrashed as they should . the nissan 350 (i think) looked good but even my 10 year girl commented on the look's of the TVR's and the way they sounded. say's it all i think. the caterham's had a graet race i think but they where as daft as the legend driver's with their crazy moves and silly passing place's (top of duffus) pitty they wasted half the race with they're crashes getting towed away. the legends where good racing as always i think . no 22 is quick but the rest are pushing hard to catch him. the first lap seen no 10 in the gravel at the top of Duffus with wheel hanging off . from where i was standing he had nowhere to go and hit another car i think. the racing was good after that,cars in the pack seemed to trade place's while the front three had there own wee battle going for 3-4 laps then 75 took a normal ( for legends that is ) crazy overtake at top of duffus with no hope of getting round. most people at around us though it was going to roll at that speed when it hit the gravel. but it came to rest with no real damage i think. the rest of the race for third four was very good to watch with a mad dash for the line at the end. Don't know who got the place's at the end but usaul excellent racing from the Legends racer's. the mini's i missed cause they came out to play at lunch and we had went for a look in the pit's at the GT's the F3"s well very Quick but very little passing after a few laps ( did any body else see the aussie PickUP up in the car park ? the R8 very nice i would like that for Xmas anyone.buy the way that's the V8 pick up they race over in OZ Land ) the VW cup was good racing as well good to see someone willing to race something totally different from the norm. and turbo Diesel's winning races in that class well that is different.
but me and the kid had a good day even with the knockhill weather doing the normal thing of COLD and WET then HOT as we all go Home.
Well, a pretty hectic weekend at the chicane, sorry, John R Weir Chicane.... Too many offs and incidents to mention them all but most numerous were the GTs... one Porsche even going off into the mud on the warm-up lap thanks to over-exuberant tyre warming! One more was pushed out during the race but another got stuck but the driver, Martin Rice, came back later in the day with some chocolate for the 2 marshals (Karen and Lisa) for their efforts in trying to get him out and getting muddy in the process! The Monaro died a death there too but that was due to driveshaft failure. On track highlights for me were the amazing pace of the F3s over the chicane, the unbelievable cornering antics of red van man and Gerard McCosh's brilliant 2nd place in the Legends final!!!
Yes, I think I may have finally recovered from pushing those two Porsches! Not sure I can say the same about my overalls though I've asked my mum if she'll wash them (ahh, the joys of being unemployed and moving back in with your parents!), but she ain't seen 'em yet!! ;D
Good weekend in all, except when I stood down for a wee while due to v bad headache - damn those noisy F3s (thanx to the rescue crew who took me up to the paddock and then back to post when I felt better). The exercise I got during the GT race later that afternoon helped a bit - or maybe it just felt that way because the pain had transferred to my arms and back... The chocolate the driver gave us certainly helped though!!
The weekend was excellent from my view point (apart from the weather) with some very close racing. We had a few friendly drivers which always helps when marshaling. Not sure about the spectators though, one suicidal one on the chicane who thought that our two (lovely) female marshals might need a bit of help pushing a porsche. I think he may need a bit of explanation as to what the fence is there for and then we could consider giving him a pair of orange overalls and his very own upgrade card!
I was also a bit worried about the general ignorance of yellow flags throughout the meeting. Macintyres had an F3 spin and take out another stranded F3 under waved yellows and nearly every post seemed to be reporting overtaking under yellows.
Anyway, no need to spoil an otherwise excellent weekend with complaints about a few stupid people.
I was also a bit worried about the general ignorance of yellow flags throughout the meeting. ..... and nearly every post seemed to be reporting overtaking under yellows.
I assume the Clark of Course viewed them the same as he did in Legends and Ben Mason got two penalty points on his licence.
Legends had a terrible day on Saturday with BRSCC officials interpreting the rule book in a completely different manner from SMRC and BARC however with a SMRC forum I can now vent my feelings on that one and see the reaction I get from SMRC Committee.