Alan Bullock, Phil Rees, Liam Smith and I all met up at 6pm tonight at the Paddock Suite at Donington Park to set up our fourth ten lane replica Donington Park national circuit of the year ready for the British Superbike Test Day tomorrow.
Alan and Liam sorted out the numbered track………
…………………. before we started building…………
………and building. At the moment we are dependent upon the tables that Donington Park provide us but going forward we will be able to use our Le Mans tables.
Alan then sorted out the cars………
……….and after the track has been cleaned and taped down made sure each lane is up and running. One of the five Tomy Timers, all wired up to work together, gave us a problem but luckily we had spares. The defunct one went home with Alan for investigation.
Finally after three hours everything was up and running and posters etc in place ready for the fun in the morning.
Being the first to arrive at the Paddock Suite at 8am today I set about checking all ten lanes were still working by running each car for a couple of laps. This soon attracted some interest from other early risers particularly one young lad (11) who got chatting to me. Amongst many of his stories he told me one had me raising my eyebrows, that he had come in his dad's McLaren and that he also had a Lamborghini. It was certainly an interesting start to the day whether I believed him or not…
With it being mid week we had to rely on some of our youngest Members to help out, five of them being under ten, Cameron Holland, Luke Brooks, Ben Roythorne, Ben Brooks and Zach Roythorne. They would get plenty of time on the track in recompense.
We were soon up and running with a much bigger crowd than was expected. Thanks to help also from Alan Bullock, Matt Holland and later Jane Brooks we were able to cope.
Cameron did a great job managing the cars between races
During a break we checked out what was going on in the rest of the paddock. There was plenty of team paraphernalia for sale, the Brooks bagging a jacket each, good ole mum!
We were also able to check out the amazing Superbike machinery in the pits
Matt (in Paul shirt!) and Cameron even had their photo taken with Leon Haslam one of the World Superbike riders visiting Donington Park. Don't tell anyone but neither of them knew who he was!
Alex Lowes, riding for Team WFR Superbike team was busy being interviewed……………
…………while his and his two team mate's bike's were being prepped………………
……………but he still managed to get time to run on our track, his mate on the right beating him
When we had all ten lanes running it was a frenetic, Simon Randall (centre) coming through all of the carnage to win the Adult prize.
We also had some glamour racing at times which was no bad thing! I'm thinking next Magazine front cover here!!
With twenty minutes to go we thought we had our Junior winner and even had his photo taken with his name up in lights on the board. However Ben Dolman wondered in and added 0.2 laps to the record to take the spoils!
Thanks to all we had an excellent day with everything being packed away inside an hour. Thirty minutes later we would be home.
Just as we were drawing away from the Paddock Suite the young lad who was chatting away to me this morning lent out of his father's Mercedes SLR McLaren and waved goodbye as they headed for the exit; surreal!
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