Spa Summer Classic – Driver Patrick Sherrington
We were really looking forward to Spa with the car recently run up on the rolling road showing further improvements from the new exhaust it would be interesting to see how it performed compared to last year.
Due to delays on the ferry I had to jump straight from arriving at the circuit into the car for the first practice session on the Thursday. The car was instantly quick and faster than last year within 2 laps, so far so good. A couple of set up changes and we were soon lapping inside the current lap record and 3 seconds quicker than last year!
Sadly it was not to last as a mixture of a mild over rev and the previous overheating the engine blew on the fastest part of the circuit and with Clive Hayes in the new sister car splitting his oil radiator and therefore also blowing his engine it meant that both cars were out and our racing weekend was effectively over. Mixed emotions indeed as the car has really taken a step forward and we would have been on pole by 2 seconds in the qualifying that took place on the Friday.
We were joined by the guys from title sponsor ADI Group on the Friday who had made the trip from the UK to support. It was great to see everyone make the trip and what we missed out on the track we made up with a couple of great nights out in the local bars!
This did leave time to work with the other MCR team drivers to share data and discuss potential improvements. Both Mike Turner and John Owen in their newly acquired MCR S2 found some great speed with both lapping quicker than in their previous machines. Peter Williams in his newly rebodied car also showed some serious pace in the atrocious conditions in race 1.
Well done to Craig Mitchell in race 2 who peddled the ex Mike Turner Lola round to a fine second leading the experienced Ric Johnson for the majority of the race.
Can’t wait for Donington….