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Classic 2CV Racing Club Ltd Forum => Races (not 24 hr) => Topic started by: Paul Robertson on July 23, 2007, 07:56:51



Title: Silverstone
Post by: Paul Robertson on July 23, 2007, 07:56:51
What a cracking pair of races ,talking to gary byatt i said it reminded me of 1998 when there were lots of evenly matched cars .Seven cars all battling for the podium positions was just fantastic.Roll on mallory park ,i can't wait.
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Title: Silverstone
Post by: Trevor Williams on July 23, 2007, 11:11:20
Can't agree more with Paul! Both races were great fun, very cleanly contested and a good advert for the technical changes that have been made over the past few years
And if I can win, in my car, with my engine, ANYONE CAN!!!!

Roll on Mallory and Pembrey!!

Trevor


Title: Silverstone
Post by: helen deeley on July 23, 2007, 12:29:35
That was an awesome weekend! I had a fantastic time, learnt a shedload more and I can't wait for the remaining races! (but I'm not saying roll on  :lol: )


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Derek Coghill on July 23, 2007, 16:14:15
Thoroughly enjoyed myself, not least the last few laps tailing the first three around! And I got home just after 11......


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Marc Fenner on July 23, 2007, 17:04:05
From a spectators view the races were one of the best races i hace seenin a long time. Nobody knew who was going to be in the lead from lap to lap.


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Matt Riley on July 23, 2007, 17:14:00
You're not wrong there Marc - I know I didn't expect to be leading the second lap on Sunday's race after starting on the back row of the grid! :shock:

Just to reiterate Trevor - what great clean racing - being in a group of six cars barrelling into corners three abreast and coming out the other side without the tiniest bit of contact is a lot of fun....


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Nick Roads on July 23, 2007, 20:17:22
a bit lonely at the back but great fun nevertheless

an improvement in design for the oil breather bottle in race 1 did not help - it could not breathe and oil found its way out all over the brakes and chassis

Starting with the handbrake partly on for the first 3 laps in race 2 was not a good idea either. Nor perhaps redesigning the bottle by drilling some holes then failing to actually fit it. Given the breather hose was aiming at the exhaust quite lucky not to have caught fire.

all excuses at the end of the day - the better drivers won.


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Frank Barnard on July 24, 2007, 09:54:43
If ever proof was needed that the Club must survive, Silverstone was it.
Fantastic racing, both in-car and from the pit wall. In the early stages of Race 2 I enjoyed a mighty dice with Sammie Fritchley and Aubrey Brocklebank. Fuel starvation on the exit from Copse required a little extra effort on the corners until, at Woodcote, I went for an admittedly marginal gap between Sammie & the pit wall. What do they say? A racing incident, but at least it gave SF the chance to make a break, albeit with a flapping rear wing. Later, for lap after lap, AB and I circulated inches apart, particularly down the main straight where honour required the margin to be the width of a coat of paint.
On top of this, the Silverstone Summit provided what looks like an excellent formula for the future. If the proposals for the re-introduction of sprint races are accepted, I think we can expect some memorable wheel-to-wheel battles to the flag next season, with such a closely-matched pack.


Title: Silverstone
Post by: David Sullivan on July 24, 2007, 12:03:15
Frank, I think you were battling with Helen Deeley as she had to have her rear wing taped back on during her pitstop.

Superb weekend of racing, i can believe that me & sammie got 3rd in the first race with a damaged stearing rack that i managed to do in qualifying.

The second race was the best i have ever been involved in, having been clipped into a semi-spin on lap 2 by my own Tete Rouge team-mate, i spent 10 laps catching up with the leading pack & even managed to get upto 3rd at one point. I also witnessed possibly the best overtaking move ever by Wayne Cowling, From 4th to 1st going into becketts, squeezing into a gap between the pit exiting Helen Deeley & leader Steve Panas.

I still cant believe that before the pitstops there was a 7 car train at the front, should be exciting next year if 25 minute races are adopted, close finishes sound good to me.


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Frank Barnard on July 24, 2007, 12:09:49
Oops. Blame the red mist. Did I commiserate with the wrong woman?


Title: Silverstone
Post by: helen deeley on July 24, 2007, 12:49:54
Dont worry bout it Frank, you did look a bit sheepish in the paddock afterwards when you came to say hello! And it didnt do me any harm! I suppose it was poetic justice coz I walloped Davids rear wing trying to stuff the car up the inside at Becketts a few laps before!  :roll:


Title: Silverstone
Post by: David Sullivan on July 24, 2007, 12:57:17
I was disappointed you didn't look across at me going down the back straight, i was doing to wave at you to thank you for the damage!  :lol:


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Ben Allan on July 24, 2007, 13:35:17
Can I suggest that we now move to super-sprints of 8 laps?  Not only will these short races be very cheap, the length also happens to coincide with how long my car lasts and had we done this at Silverstone I would have got 4th.

Alternatively I could buy some new stuff for the car.........

b


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Paul Robertson on July 24, 2007, 13:45:34
Good idea ben ,my temporary repair at croft was after all supposed to be just that ,a temporary repair for CROFT.


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Frank Barnard on July 24, 2007, 16:36:06
Quote from: helen deeley
Dont worry bout it Frank, you did look a bit sheepish in the paddock afterwards when you came to say hello! And it didnt do me any harm! I suppose it was poetic justice coz I walloped Davids rear wing trying to stuff the car up the inside at Becketts a few laps before!  :roll:

I always look sheepish Helen. And I even recall I said sorry, when you told me it had been your corner 'cos you were leading. There's a French phrase: ' Le pensee sur l'escalier.' The thought on the stairs, i.e what you wished you'd said. Which was, in this, case: ' But you did leave a bit of a gap, Helen, and leaned on me.' Naturally I was far too gentlemanly (and sheepish) to say such a thing, concluding it had been that famous thing, a racing incident...but it was a memorable moment as we both held our line cloaked in a cloud of burning tyre smoke (great drive by the way, congrats). See you at Mallory, if I'm fast enough...


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Derek Coghill on July 25, 2007, 21:15:42
Did you see the write-up this cracking race got in Motorsport News? Neither did I, and I foolishly bought a copy without checking first....


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Frank Barnard on July 25, 2007, 21:47:22
Like I said some time ago, Derek, 2CVs seem to be a blind spot for the motor-sport press. A month ago I bought Autosport with the same hope of finding out how the Anglesey races went. Wasted money. Not a mention apart from the results. Time for the Club to make the point to the editorial teams I think. After the qualioty of the racing at S'stone it's a damned scandal...


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Trevor Williams on July 26, 2007, 07:59:03
Frank
Why should the club make the point? If you feel aggrieved by the coverage in Motorsports News, and the paltry but longer 27 word report in Autosport, write the the magazines yourself.

Alternatively, do what I am going to do and cancel my subscription to them!
Trevor


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Frank Barnard on July 26, 2007, 08:21:29
Okay Trevor, I'll do as you suggest & 'phone both editorials myself as an aggrieved competitor (maybe others would like to do the same). If I get anywhere, I'll post a report. However, I still think a complaint from the Club would carry extra weight, perhaps accompanied by some of the excellent photos from Silverstone (i.e five abreast approaching Luffield).


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Dick Roberts on July 26, 2007, 08:34:58
Hello,

As you probably know Yvette and I stand at key (visual) points to get the best photos we can but as a consequence cannot know the full story of the race.  It would be super if someone (anyone) in the club could send in a brief race report(s).

Journalists like an easy life and if there were a clear, interesting (but not over dramatic) report posted promptly after each race then it is very likely to be echoed in the press.

We have asked (and asked and asked) but the club members haven't got the time, it seems, to make their own exciting races visible to others.

Best wishes


Title: Silverstone
Post by: helen deeley on July 26, 2007, 08:39:43
Dick & Yvette, thanks for the great photos, they show exactly how exciting, competetive & relatively clean the racing is (good shots of my wing flapping!) Brightened up my morning at work loads!   :D


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Dick Roberts on July 26, 2007, 09:35:31
Great race - glad you liked the photos.

What about a few words covering the race (overall) and your part (in particular) - you cannot be shy like all the others?

Best wishes


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Frank Barnard on July 26, 2007, 11:08:28
Dick,
Point taken but where do we post such copy? Here?


Title: Silverstone
Post by: Dick Roberts on July 26, 2007, 11:30:00
Hello

There are e-mail links on the club web site which point the messages to 2CVRC@Dick-Roberts.com This gets the e-mails delivered to me.

Many thanks