Back on track

Tim en­joys a sea­son fi­nale and gets the seven-port on the cir­cuit.

Mini Magazine - - Our Minis -

The fi­nal race for this year was the A-Se­ries Chal­lenge as part of Julius Thur­good’s HRDC se­ries. I elected to do this as it gave me a chance to go to Don­ing­ton – my sec­ond fave cir­cuit. It’s a nice dif­fer­ent flavour, rac­ing with other pre-'66 types of A-Se­ries stuff, but for com­pli­ca­tion there was a load of sports cars in with us, in­clud­ing some five-litre V8s.

Only the chance of heavy rain would keep us Mini-boxes near the front, so I du­ti­fully took my African rain stick, which when shaken, should en­cour­age the stuff to ap­pear. I must have ei­ther got the wrong tech­nique or have been sold a dud. Dry it was.

Ap­pear­ing too were Rich Hawcroft and Pete Crewes. The last time we were to­gether at Bly­ton Park, we got told off for 'rac­ing', but this time we were al­lowed! Prac­tice was busy with a full grid. I man­aged to get a quicker lap in than Pete and we started sev­enth and eighth. In the race the or­der was re­versed, but still, we were win­ners of the A-Se­ries chal­lenge and got lovely tro­phies to boot .

As part of the HSCC sea­son, there's an end-of-term non-cham­pi­onship race for closed wheel cars. That meant I could get my seven-port car in, and I de­cided to go for it.

I hadn’t raced it for eight years so we had a fran­tic up­date ses­sion. I got there and it de­cided to run on three cylin­ders. Time ran out, so I qual­i­fied for the re­quired min­i­mum three laps and came in to fix it. Ju­lian Har­ber and pho­tog­ra­pher Stu­art jumped in and sorted a faulty plug so I started at the back. The mo­tor wasn’t sparkling and five-year-old road tyres meant road­hold­ing was scary, but I got round in one piece.

Pete and Tim's Minis in amongst the sports cars and big V8s.

Tim's African rain stick. Must be a dud...

Neat tro­phy for win­ning in the HRDC A-Se­ries Chal­lenge.

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