Our resident Hermann Tilke, Tony had laid out a circuit that was universally praised as being one of his finer offerings. Four long straights were interspersed with a mix of technical and flowing sections. The white line was also surprisingly drivable so there were three good lanes up for grabs in each final...
Almost a full complement of SCHORC members lined up on the F1 grid to total 10 entrants.
With his typical cool and apparently very little effort Craig topped the F1 qualifying beating Paul Rose to the top spot by 1.8 laps. Paul Homewood wasn't far behind either of them in third though. Tony the F1 championship leader qualified fourth and his closest rival Al qualified in sixth after once again failing to improve his Tyco's straight-line speed.
An impressive 28.8 laps was enough to secure Lee victory by almost 3 and half laps. Steve had been running well in second until a crash handed that place to Roy. Roy held on to second for the rest of the race finishing ahead of Steve and Dave Ogden.
Jim was the early leader, with Tony, Al and Lee behind him. A few chaotic crashes were enough to leave Al briefly in the lead after just over a minute. Jim's superior straight-line speed soon saw him past Al though and he eventually took the win by just over a lap. Tony raced a magnificent come back from fourth place, passing both Lee and then Al to take second place (and a valuable additional championship point) from Al by just 0.3 laps.
A close start saw some fantastic racing between Craig and Paul Rose. On one lap the gap between them was just 0.003s. Craig kept his cool though and eventually pushing hard Paul Rose came off. Paul Rose's efforts to then catch Craig secured him the fastest F1 lap of the night but when the three minutes were up Craig was still 1.8 laps in the lead. Paul Homewood finished in third with Jim in fourth.
Craig and Paul departed following F1 but Paul Rose's friend Dave Laycock made his HO début alongside the remaining SCHORC regulars to make a grid of 9 racers.
There is no doubt that the pace of the mod class has continued to improve over the season. Last month Tony and Jim's mod were the pick of the field. This month both Al and Lee's had stepped up with them. Paul Homewood's absent mod would also have been right in the mix had he been able to stay.
A consistent qualifying performance from Jim put his F40 mod on pole 0.6 laps ahead of Al who was still tentatively exploring the new performance of his Marchon Porsche. A difficult run in the yellow lane left Tony few laps down and in third.
Still struggling to get to grips with his Mod, Paul Rose was beaten by Dave Ogden by just over a lap and visiting Dave Laycock finished third just half a lap behind Paul.
A tidy start and solid performance from Lee saw him deliver a victory by a margin of just over two and half laps from Steve. David Ogden further improved on his qualifying performance by beating Roy to third place.
A good start saw Tony streak off in to the lead with Jim and Al behind him. With one minute remaining the track for the white and blue lanes came apart and there was a brief track call for repairs to the track to be carried out. Shortly after the restart, a late off for Jim allowed Al to sneak past into second but neither of them could keep pace with Tony who took the win at the end of the three minutes. Tony racked up the highest score of the night with 36.8 laps and finished with a 2.6 lap lead over Al. From the yellow lane Lee struggled to keep pace with the others but he should at least be pleased with how is Mod is performing now as his best lap time of the night was very close to Jim and Al's. Just 0.061s separating their three best times.
Thanks once again to Tony for hosting another great meet and for all who attended and made it such great fun.
Apologies for the lack of photographs this month due to technical issues with Jim's camera.
Glad people enjoyed the report, sorry it took a few days to get it all done.
The Tilke comparison was of course meant as a complement and in reference to Tony designing the circuits each month and managing to deliver something new and original each time. Tony of course has a much better record than Mr Tilke of designing circuits that produce exciting races though.
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