P289 BUX might have survived the three-hour endurance marathon, but in the latter stages it was clinging to life by its fingernails. It was rattling like a tambourine come hour two and the engine felt as though it had lost a third of its power. Given how proud it had made us, I would have loved to keep it safe for a year and try to improve on fourth next time around, but sadly I have nowhere to keep it.
And that’s why I took the decision to scrap it. I bid it a final farewell and walked away with £40. Here are the final sums: I spent £200 on the car, plus £500 on fuel, replacement parts and the entry fee. So that’s a total spend of £700, minus the £40 I got back. What better way to spend £660?