|Cadwell Park 22nd April 1012|
Second race of the season would be for the Phil Robinson Trophy, as last year at an early-season Cadwell Park with the HSCC. A rather sparse dozen were greeted with a quagmire in the Paddock, after a week of heavy rain, which had caused much trouble and a curtailed meeting on the Saturday. Sunday dawned cold and wet, but looking slightly better than the day before. It would take some effort to fire up the rather reluctant engines for a 9 o’clock qualifying session, and by the time the cars went on-track the rain had finally ceased and the surface mainly puddle-free. Given the reports of scary conditions from the previous day, most were taking it carefully. Messrs Turner, Fowler and Woods had other ideas, spinning up over the Mountain and cresting at various degrees of sidewaysness – seemingly oblivious to fact that a wheel on the grass would probably mean an accident all the way to the Old Hairpin.
In fact, on lap 5 it was kicking off through the field. Steve was five seconds gone at the front, but Darrell had decided it was time for a move when a small mistake from Mike brought right back in touch. Twenty seconds further down the road the Cousy was now in an apparently safe fourth, but now from Roy. Although barely mentioned so far, Roy had been driving aggressively, finding a way past Rodney (who was himself still in the hunt, revelling in the return of power courtesy of a new condenser) and nipping at the heels of the Cousy whenever it dropped a half second. In the melee he had passed both Neil and Richard, and was looking for another go at the French blue car. The Revis was still close, with the yellow Kieft in close attendance, but where was Neil? His new trick clutch was slipping, and while he got over the line for a fifth time it was degrading rapidly and he baled out halfway up Coppice. Finally, Shirley had knuckled down and whilst the car was clearly not running as well as we have seen recently, she had closed down a thirteen-second deficit to Pat.