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IMOLA MOTOR LEGEND FESTIVAL
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Masters first visit to Imola. Gives Historic racers another chance to visit a circuit in the gastronomic heart of Italy. (Peter Auto in October is the other one.)
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Old 20 Apr 2018, 11:17 (Ref:3816633)   #16
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This is the live timing we’re using....

http://livetimingimola.perugiatiming.com
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Old 20 Apr 2018, 13:03 (Ref:3816646)   #17
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Okay so I missed out the http://livetim ....Thanks for the proper link Mike and once again good luck this weekend.
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Old 21 Apr 2018, 05:11 (Ref:3816738)   #18
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Well, all I can say so far is that the weather is fabulous, the circuit is fantastic, the car is great, the food is superb, and the town is lovely (in an Italian way)!

Can’t wait to get on circuit again and go a bit quicker.....
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I managed two laps in qualifying before the session was red flagged. As my slowing down lap was enough to qualify me I handed over to Simon, as he only got 1.5 laps yesterday in FP! Anyway, my second lap was good enough to place us on the grid where we would expect to be, so best to let him have some more time learning.....

Of all the Italian biased displays (apart from McLaren cars ), Scudiera del Portello’s collection of Alfa’s is the most impressive for me. The pic only shows a few of them! Think the pointy-nose one is an Indy car?
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It does seem that most Quali sessions have had at least one red flag....
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The black and gold single seater looks like the March 90 CA Alfa Romeo Patrick Racing ran for Roberto Guerrero at Indianapolis in 1990. This was originally the spare car which Guerrero qualified after a spectacular accident wrote off his original car , Guerrero qualifying 28th and retiring just after half distance . Unfortunately , the car didn't go as well as it looked and I think it's career ended after just one more outing .

Watching the live timing for the FIA Masters Historic Sportscars today , I was most impressed with the time set by Graham Wilson in , I believe , a Chevron B8 . While the Voyazides and Hart Lolas set front row times in the 1:49.0 bracket Wilson was just 6 seconds behind . Is this his debut in the Chevron ?
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Hi there, Graham has been campaigning his B8 for several years now & it is a very quick one, looked after by Wolfe Manufacturing. I think the qual time was set by his young hotshoe team mate, David Pittard, who paired up with Graham last season & they won the Master GD series in Graham's Elan. Pittard is EXCEEDINGLY quick in anything he drives & it would be great to see him in an F1 car & I mean a modern one !! AMG Mercedes, hope you read these pages !!

Graham has developed into a very competent racer, coming a long way since he & I did U2TC with our shared Cortina in 2009 to 2012. Not bad for a guy who STARTED racing at 56 !!!

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Watching the live timing for the FIA Masters Historic Sportscars today , I was most impressed with the time set by Graham Wilson in , I believe , a Chevron B8 . While the Voyazides and Hart Lolas set front row times in the 1:49.0 bracket Wilson was just 6 seconds behind . Is this his debut in the Chevron ?
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Thanks for that, Martin- they won their class in WSM in the B8.

Well itís all done and dusted and Iím now stopped at Milan for the night. The hotel has the most camp receptionist Iíve ever seen not on telly! Had to bite my lip to stop myself from bursting out laughing....

What a fantastic weekend! Obviously good weather always helps, and we certainly had that. Hope our spectating tenthers also enjoyed the event and didnít get too sunburnt!

Our 90 minute Gentleman Drivers race had no incidents, no waved yellows and no Safety Car periods- howís that for a rarity! Biggest excitement was a Cobra Daytona Coupe that came into the pit lane looking as if the engine got so hot it almost melted.... Gave the fire marshals something to get interested in.

Thanks to some attrition and some solid driving (I only went into the gravel once...), Simonís trusty and lovely Morgan +4 came home 11th o/a and P2 in class. After all the problems we suffered last year with the SLR engine, a thoroughly deserved result in my book. We were both well chuffed....
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Well done, Mike !

Itay does seem tospecialised in camp receptionists . . . Last time l was at Monza, l was afraid to turn my back on the guy showing us to our rooms. Glad l was wearing slip on shoes with no chance of having a shoelace come undone .... if you get my drift !

Have a safe trip home, Mike
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Thank you for the reply Martin , it would be interesting to see how young Mr Pittard compared with Martin O'Connell in Chevron B8s .

Congratulations on your great result Mike , lets hope the trials and tribulations of the 2017 season are behind you and Simon .
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The problem with the B8's at the moment is the cars in masters are running Avon tyres and some are now using Fva's with 270 hp . Guards trophy races which are sponsored by Dunlop tyres are now allowing Avon tyred cars in the invitation class, the tyres are like chalk and cheese . Now the supply problem seems to be sorted I think we should all go back to Dunlops and a bit more of a level playing field
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The problem with the B8's at the moment is the cars in masters are running Avon tyres and some are now using Fva's with 270 hp . Guards trophy races which are sponsored by Dunlop tyres are now allowing Avon tyred cars in the invitation class, the tyres are like chalk and cheese . Now the supply problem seems to be sorted I think we should all go back to Dunlops and a bit more of a level playing field
Slightly off topic but tyres are one of the biggest problems in historic racing at the moment ! The Dunlop problems when they move production to Portugal was & maybe still is an issue 4 years after the started to make the move, but even when production is 'stable' the large variations in performance of the SAME tyre is a real headache & if you want to be quick you have to buy lots of them & select only the good ones ; I've had tyres with 3mm radial run out & lateral tread shifting of the same order. I spent a lot of time match mounting & shaving them just to get them remotely round. Even then, when you run them, the non uniformity of the carcass construction becomes very clear at high speed & under braking & at the price they cost, these problems are just unacceptable.

I now help run an Alfa in the PP HTC series where we use Avons crossplies, which do seem slightly better, but still a long way from perfect ; this year we are running hand cut radials (legal in the series) & used on a lot of the cars in this series & hope they will be a bit more uniform, but are they really historic tyres ??

Ref Graham Wilson's B8, as far as I'm aware it uses a Lester Owen BMW motor, so Mr. Pittard would be even quicker with an FVA !!!
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Got back last last night but what an event that was. Even just as a spectator!

Beautiful location, awesome track, good choice of food and of course great variety of racing and track activity (the xx program can get a bit repetitive but the F1's and 333sp's could go on all day as far asI'm concerned!)
Don't know what happened to the young time trophy race but it did mean getting to watch a Ferrari 512, Porsche 962, Lancia LC1 etc get some laps in.

Shame there were a number of red flags and safety cars that tainted most races and sessions but forgiven for all of the above.

Sadly had to leave lunch time Sunday thus not being able to see all the races but got to see everything at least once.

Spent plenty of time pouring over that Alfa Lola among other things in paddock. (Whilst trying to keep in the shade where possible of course Mike! No sunburn at all, a nice tan in it's place though).

I might start making plans for next year already...although maybe I should save up for a drive in something instead...?
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[QUOTE=GCCheddaris;3816941]Thank you for the reply Martin , it would be interesting to see how young Mr Pittard compared with Martin O'Connell in Chevron B8s .

I can assure you that David Pittard would stack up well against anyone. Back in the day, he was racing MR2's in the UK. He was so quick that the series organisers "banned" him on a fairly dubious technicality, so he took the hint and left. I suggested he should have a go in my Swift Sports 2000. So, with no running in the car, we turned up for the opening round of the 2011 championship. He put the car on pole by a clear margin, and ran away with the race, winning by over half a minute (with me trying to slow him down from the pit wall, to save everyone else's blushes). He still holds the lap records at Snetterton, Donington GP and Silverstone International.

He is one of those effortless types who is able to adapt to cars immediately. Unfortunately, his family do not own a plc business which will fund his racing, so he's reliant on people like Graham (thank you) to further his ambitions. I'd like to see him in a GT3 car in Europe. He is also a superb ARDS-qualified driver coach. One day with him is money well spent if you want to get better (I do).

I'm sure we will see much more of him in the next few years.
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Timing & results from Imola can be found here http://www.autodromoimola.it/live-timing/?lang=en
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