Since you last heard from me life has been a bit hectic. I haven’t had time to stop and think let alone sit and type! It all began with a trip north to Crimond to give John a hand at his last meeting. It’s fair to say that Crimond is a long way from home for me - at least three hours further up the country than John’s house and easily the furthest north I’ve ever been in the UK! It’s a nice track and I always enjoy visiting new places. Just Mendips to go now then I will have been to every track the Nationals are currently racing on.
It wasn’t the best day for John as he got spun in every race. Going in to the day it was still possible on
paper for him to win the points but sadly it wasn’t to be. Second was enough to see him qualify for the
world final and considering he didn’t have a car until two days before the
first round that isn’t bad going at all.
The day wasn’t a complete loss though and it’s always great to embark on
a road trip with your mates - and we did stop and have some of the best fish
and chips I have ever tasted on the way home!
The next morning was a panic to get back to Oxford, get changed and head off to
David (Haird)’s funeral. There was an
accident on the M25 causing a two hour delay, but after a bit of a detour we
made it. It was a lovely service and a
great send off for a great man. It was
brilliant to see so many people there, and it shows how much everyone thought
With the last round rapidly approaching it looked quite safe that I’d make the
world final grid, but it’s never over until it’s over and there was everything
still to play for at Hednesford. The day
didn’t start off well with me hitting some oil and going into the fence within
the first few laps. I wasn’t the only
one though and I think that one bend claimed over half the cars that started
the race. I expected the damage to be
heavy but it wasn’t as bad as it first looked and a few minutes, a piece of
aluminium and some pop rivets soon had it ready to go again, even if it did
look a bit sorry for itself.
The next race was much better and even though I didn’t perform any miracles I
crossed the line 7th. And then the last
race of this year’s qualifying campaign was on us and that turned out to be a
great race too. Since putting the new
engine in, Hednesford has gone from being one of my least favourite tracks to
one of those I enjoy most! After some
good racing I crossed the line in 4th, but Gavin was black flagged putting me
up into 3rd.
So that was it - the points championship was over. I finished 14th overall and considering all
the disasters I’ve had throughout the year I’m very pleased with that. I wasn’t expecting to qualify at all, let
alone in group four. It’s been a really
mixed year and one that has certainly taught me a lot.
Massive congratulations to Chris on winning the points for the 5th year in a
row and to Jason for 2nd overall. Robert
and Danny deserve a pat on the back too for qualifying group one in their first
year and I am slightly jealous! Also, “Well
done” to Glenn for winning the Northern Irish points - another victory to add
to his rapidly increasing list of titles!
I might be wrong but I can see it being a Haird and Bell front row next
Sunday, something I’m sure would make it into a very interesting race!
I gave the Thunder 500 a miss altogether this year and took a trip to the Royal
Highland Show in Scotland instead. The
car wouldn’t have been ready anyway and it was fun to do something a bit
different for a change. The car is
coming on very well now and has been stripped, cleaned and had some nice shiny
new panels fitted. TPR Signs have worked
their magic once again and it has a cool new sticker job. Today we are going to get the wheels sorted
and then there are a few silly jobs and a set up to do and it will be
ready. I don’t want to speak too soon
but this might be the one time we avoid the last minute rush!
I just want to say a huge “Thank You” to everyone who has made it possible to
qualify for the world final: my family,
my sponsors, my friends - everyone! I
would never have done it without you!
Hopefully this lovely weather will hold out till after next weekend . . . I can’t
Thanks as ever for reading.
Until next time