After the huge excitement or racing the March 717 CanAm car at the Oulton Park Gold Cup I was in for another 2 week ends of top level racing. First the Zandvoort Historic Festival and then the unique Goodwood Revival. I was feeling very excited as we arrived at the Zandvoort paddock. I had not raced here for about 15 years so had been doing my homework and visualising the circuit. We were here to race Julian Thomas' fantastic stable of cars: Low drag light weight E Type Jaguar, Ford Falcon and the nimble Chevron B8. I couldn't wait to get on the fast sandy sweeps of Zandvoort. There was no testing so first up was qualifying in the Falcon. This went pretty well with a P2 in class grid slot. Next was the Chevron but a red flag meant that I only got 2 laps so Julian's excellent lap put us P2 in class again. We were a little frustrated with the Jaguar. I had really been looking forward to driving this majestic car at Zandvoort but a misfire limited us to P5. However, with 2 others penalised we lined up P3. Our first race was in the Falcon and as usual Julian drove a blinder getting into the class lead. After the pit stop we were a little puzzled to be in P5. Racing the somewhat unlikely race car that is the Falcon is an absolute blast. Well over 400 bhp and skinny little tyres means that oversteer is the norm and lots of it!! Giving it all we swept into P4 and onto the last lap launched it down the inside of another car at Tarzan to secure P3 overall and P2 in class. A good opening result. Next up was the Jaguar on Sunday morning. Despite our difficulties Julian held onto the lead 3 and worked his usual magic in the first part of the race pulling off a stunning overtake of a Shelby Cobra into Tarzan. Unfortunately he then had a fuel issue and made a very quick stop to sort it out. However, we were back in P18!! Again he drove a blinder handing over to me in P7. Pulling out of the pits I immediately realised the clutch was slipping. We were under safety car so I was very careful with it hoping it might improve if I cooled things down. This worked to a degree but I was worried! Off the restart I was making good progress but the clutch slipped if I used full power or more than 6,000 rpm. Babying it as much as I could we were soon under safety car again and I did everything I could to look after the clutch. The second restart went well (see Youtube) and I slotted into P3 with P2 just ahead. But then disaster struck and the clutch blew on the way up the hill out of the hairpin with only 5 minutes of 90 to go. I pulled over and switched off. On Sunday afternoon we lined up for the FIA Historic Sportscar Championship race in the Chevron B8. Julian made his usual good start and shadowed the lead car for the first laps. Then he pulled off a great move and P1 we were. He pulled away over the next few laps until handing over to me. After the pit stops had settled down we were well in the lead so I stroked it home and we won by 76 seconds to lead the Championship. Massive thanks to Julian and Jade for another fantastic event.
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