We headed to Snetterton for the VSCC season finals amid lovely sunshine and blue skies. Rain, I was thinking, might serve me better in my aim to win the race and claim the hat trick of Continental Trophy Series wins. Giving away power, torque and gear change speed to the ERAs is a perrennial problem with the wet perhaps bringing me back into play.
However, it was not to be and we set off for qualifying on a dry track. It was clear that the first laps would be the only really quick ones before traffic and oil would preclude the maximum attack!!
And so it proved. On lap four I set a 1 min 28.47 for pole, 1.5 seconds clear of the pack. The car was singing and all felt really good although a huge amount of oil dropped by a couple of cars springing considerable leaks caused some pretty exciting moments not least a big sideways slide in the middle of Coram.
With a long wait for the race we enjoyed the sun and the fantastic array of vintage cars.
Starting on pole sounded great but the starting advantage of the ERAs suggested I would be a least second into Riches. With one of my best starts yet I nearly made it into Riches first but was just pipped. Never mind, and feeling in determined mood harried the car on front for the first lap before diving down the inside into Montreal hairpin. Not sure this was enough to keep me ahead down the next long straight, I hugged the inside to make the following ERA take the long route. It worked and I was first into the Esses and drew away, setting a 1 min 27.45 lap on my way to the flag.
The car was fantastic and the track in great condition to give me a really enjoyable race win and Continental Trophy Series triple. Many thanks to Sean and Laura Danaher for another great outing and Sam Jordan for fettling the car so well.
Next stop is the Algarve Historic Festival finals for the Sports and GT Cup season in the beautiful Morgan SLR. Winter sun, food and wine... can't wait!!