|Mallory Park 21st July 2013|
The heatwave took a day off for Round 4 of the series, once again on the VSCC ticket. Another impressive entry of twenty five – despite the likes of Nigels Challis and Ashman. Maurice van der Brempt was back with the Fillingham, now sporting a methanol-fuelled JAP donated by Simon Frost (attending, but not with the Martin). Meanwhile a blast from the past was Colin Warrington returning to 500s after many years away – invited to try David Baldock’s Cooper Mk IV.
A lead group was starting to form, and it was George who had taken the lead, although this would be short-lived, as Simon’s Twin-power took him back past in time for a dab of brakes into Gerards (as a side-note, although we always mention the Twin advantage, Simon is no mean driver, and fair with it, and is running a considerably more primitive chassis). These two now had a relatively large gap as, having got through the pack Darrell had a discombobulating moment at the Hairpin as his engine fluffed at just the wrong time. As he span around, the immediate pack fanned in all directions. Roy was reasonably OK, Neil took to the grass, Richard B-M more so (earning a trip to the CoC for wilfully trying to avoid an accident), himself now heading the second pack from Richard dlR (more grass), John Turner and Xavier. The next group found their way through, but at the tail Shirley was the unlucky one, unsighted and locking up in avoidance of Darrell’s car – not so much an issue, but as a result she lost the tow of Rodney’s Kieft and she was unable to rejoin the battle. Out of all this Darrell was able to get started again, never actually hit, but the engine was now ‘off’ and he peeled off into the back of the Paddock on the fourth tour, the second retirement.