|Snetterton 29th September 2013
It says it clearly on the ticket but it isn't nice when it happens. Our sincere sympathies to the friends and family of a kindred spirit.
Round nine of the championship was once again with the VSCC, using the shorter Snetterton ‘200’ circuit. Early birds were able to spend the Saturday evening chez Paul & Jenny Hewes, who hosted another fine party. Fully twenty cars were turned out (especially impressive when you look at who hadn’t come out to play). Regulars were joined by Charles McCabe, with his duPont Cooper Mk XIII, whilst it was juniors’ day as Simon Hewes reappeared in Paul’s Cooper, and David Kingsland piloted the Staride. Notably, more than half the filed were non-Cooper.
The other battle. Neil's focussed on the next apex but Brian has taken a very tight line into Nelson....
and mugged Ian!
Completing the runners on the first lap were Simon Hewes (who would be absolutely thrilled to finally get a finish from the car), John Potts (dropping under the 2-minute barrier), Häkan a second or so off his pace (it’s easy to forget the JBS and Mk IV are contemporary chassis, and H was enjoying his longest unhindered run in a very long time), whilst Maurice finally got the thrill of passing someone, even if it was the crippled Revis. These five would finish in the same order, gaps gradually easing out.
Next through were Gordon who nipped past John on Lap 3. Gordon takes it up “I heard squealing tyres at the Chicane. I was just wondering if I’d locked up the rears when I got thumped by JT.” The Mackson didn’t spin around and in fact held the position. Gordon was rather surprised to not find any body damage after the race, more so to hear that John had got some air as he bounced up off the wheel. He quickly regrouped, but in the melee probably buzzed the engine, which eventually broke a valve spring and expired at the top of the straight. Remarkably, this would be the sole retirement of the nineteen starters.
A couple more drivers were caught out by the early flag. Neil looked to be edging up to the Staride and might have had time for a surprise lunge, he could console himself with being first JAP home. Behind them, Ian’s car had recovered and he nipped past Brian with a good run out of Sear’s onto the back straight. We know Brian doesn’t take that, but the flag caught him out. Behind these two Pat had used the de la Roche incident to re-catch Nigel, and followed him over the line by half a second. Richard himself came in alone in twelfth, then Simon Hewes and John Potts, still on the lead lap. John took another class win in P1 for pre 1950 cars, cementing his second place overall.