Well Saturday night saw the return leg of the challenge, and I was lucky enough to grab a lift with a mate of mine, Stuart Emery car 638.
Congratulations to Rod and Sue Birley for their efforts in organising this event,
What a complete and utter waste of an event thanks to the biased views of Spedeworth. Not only do we have to reshell the car in time for Lydden, but no action was taken against the drivers.
Let me explain.
Heat 1 - First corner, 3 cars spin and my mate loses a front wing. Fair enough - **** happens.
On the restart, Stuart gets a good run on the leading Stock Rod into the second corner. Leading Stock Rod driver loses control and starts spinning towards the infield. Stuart goes to his left to go round the back of the leader, and the Rod driver in 3rd place takes this opportunity to spear Stuart straight into the wall where he gets pummelled by the pack. Thankfully no-one was hurt, but we got the car dragged back to the pits where thanks to a demon effort by Stuart, his brother Andy (and a little help from me), we got the rad changed, all the beaten panels clear of the wheels, and refettled in time for his second heat.
Heat 2 - By the time Stuart had been spun out for the second time, I made my way to race control to remonstrate with the race director. We both looked at the video footage - and I left by telling him that he must have been watching a different f***ing race if he thought the Stock Rod drivers weren't deliberately hooking out the Stock Hatches. "He left a gap and then tried to close it" "No you moron. He got hit on the right rear wheel and was turned sharp right by the impact".
Okay - we knew that there was a risk of damage on the oval - and God knows Stuart wasn't the only one to suffer. But the complete and utter biased views form Spedeworth we a joke. When I was up in the race box we watched footage of another driver being spun out by a Rod. The penalty? Docked 1 place - what a joke. And what about the commentators? How biased were they? All night long all we heard was how the Rods were wiping the floor with the Hatches. Not once was any mention made of the first leg at Lydden where the Rods got shown the way home. And what about the starts? Perhaps jump start beams should be utilised to stop the Rod drivers cheating by creeping round the track before the lights have gone green.
Sorry Rod and Sue if you think I'm slating the event and your efforts. I'm not. I'm just ****ed off at the lack of action by Spedeworth to penalise the poor driving (of their own Rods).
2 final footnotes before I go and have a lie down.
If anyone knows where we can pick up a cheap 205 bodyshell in the South East area, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondly - well done to Jim Cooke for not letting one particular rod driver get to him, and giving a bit back in the process.