Race reports

Racing with Julian Thomas in his stunning low drag light weight E Type Jaguar at Portimao was a prospect with much joy! We set off a bit early to make the most of the trip and enjoy some great seafood and warm sunshine.

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With Autumn coming fast the temperatures were low at Oulton Park as the Britcar paddock gathered. Testing on Friday was dry and using old tyres we got to work and found a nice balance in the car. Although the weather forecast was for wet on race day, we had to scrub 2 sets of slicks in case. This gave me an opportunity to try a couple of qualifying runs and, despite the low temperatures we were well into the 1 min 37s with more to come.

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After a great Goodwood Revival win in Sean and Laura Danaher's wonderful 1938 Maserati Grand Prix car we headed off to Spa for the 6 Hours. I was again racing with Julian Thomas in his stunning light weight low drag E Type Jaguar and driving that round Spa was eagerly anticipated. 

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With only 3 days since we were racing at Snetterton in David Mason's fantastic Ferrari 458 GT3 (see last report) we packed up and headed off to the wonderful Goodwood Revival.

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David decided we would compete in the non-championship Britcar race at Snetterton. This was very welcome as I love Snetterton and it has been very good to me across my career.

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The final round of the Jaguar Classic Challenge was looming and due to other commitments Julian drove solo for the test day on Wednesday. This all went very well with a time 7 tenths under the fastest lap from last year.

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After a frantic round at Croft we reconvened at Silverstone on the International Circuit. 2.25 miles of fast straights juxtapositioned by tight sections meant some careful set up to satisfy both requirements. Unusually testing was on the Wednesday before and we had plenty of time to think about how best to proceed with car set up.

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With no testing available at Thruxton prior to the Britcar Endurance 2 hour race David and I decided to enter the GT and Production races on Saturday so he could familiarise himself with the fantastic fast sweeps of Thruxton having never seen the circuit before.

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After the great successes of the Donington Historic Festival we reconvened at Silverstone for the International Trophy. I was again driving with Julian Thomas in his fabulous low drag lightweight E Type Jaguar.

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