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ESPIRITO de MONTJUIC
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Mike Bell
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6 Apr 2018 to 8 Apr 2018 07:30 to 17:30
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Location: Circuit de Catalunya

Peter Auto season opener near Barcelona. (Far enough away never to see the city...) Includes Group C.
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Old 6 Apr 2018, 14:20 (Ref:3813249)   #16
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I take it that you're still not waiting at the gates Mike?
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Old 6 Apr 2018, 14:49 (Ref:3813263)   #17
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I take it that you're still not waiting at the gates Mike?
Only 23hrs parked up outside.......

It seems to be a meeting of ‘so close’, but ‘not quite’!

So close to getting in, but didn’t for ages, so close to having loads of space around us in the paddock, but finished up squeezed, so close to buying an unused box behind, but then that ultimately being taken back for scrutineers to use......

Anyway, we’ve done two FPs and one Q without mishap. Lost count of red flags and FCYs though!

One more Q and two races ahead.....
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Old 6 Apr 2018, 16:36 (Ref:3813288)   #18
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Isnt your SLR first in class? There is a fast Grantura around…
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Old 6 Apr 2018, 16:55 (Ref:3813297)   #19
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Isnt your SLR first in class? There is a fast Grantura around…
Yes, that Grantura was extremely quick at Dijon last year, which was something new and surprising. Other races after that not so quick, but suddenly again.... It may be that the driver(s) has previous race time here, but it is one of our guy’s first visit, and the other hasn’t been here for ?? years! I reckon if the Morgan runs well in the race that normal service will be resumed.....
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Watching the registered max speeds we had some laugh. Imagine a Capri 2600 RS accepted as being a Group1 and speeding at 227 kph! There is a special additive for the Mustangs but the secret is well kept. Impossible to put hand on a copy… Serious?
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Door to door racing with the Grantura till it receives a black flag when 35 minutes remaining, is that right Mike? Reason was?
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1st reason- overtaking under safety car, second reason- under 5 min pit stop, all finished off by ignoring the black flag for 35 min........

So class p2 for us, just seconds behind the winning Bryant / Smith 911!

Good start to the season.

Hope tomorrow’s CER race goes as well.....
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1st reason- overtaking under safety car, second reason- under 5 min pit stop, all finished off by ignoring the black flag for 35 min........
A french festival of what not to do when racing I can't believe it, really sometimes you wonder what can happen inside the helmet…
Well done for you! Have fun.
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Also a great result for the Stephens family in the trusty 356! Smiles all round.....
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Mike, did they make the plumbing of engines and rev limiters too? Your Chevron finished so I guess a good weekend for all.
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Wet race for CER and dropped down a bit from P6 on the grid- there were several safety cars and it was a case of survival really!

BTW the black flag incident in the 60s race was because the driver involved forgot to turn into to the refuelling area when entering the pit lane. After remembering half way down he did a U turn and drove the wrong way back to up to it...... I kid you not!

Saw a couple of T70s having engine capacity checked, but that’s all, apart from the routine stuff.
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BTW the black flag incident in the 60s race was because the driver involved forgot to turn into to the refuelling area when entering the pit lane. After remembering half way down he did a U turn and drove the wrong way back to up to it...... I kid you not!
So they ignored the other misdemeanours?

It has to be said the discipline behind safety cars (maintaining speed to catch the car in front and not overtaking before the line) was pretty woeful by several cars.....something needs to be done or it will just get worse.
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There are several ways to be unique and to enter the Guinness book! Happy he doesn't belong to my relatives though…
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So they ignored the other misdemeanours?

It has to be said the discipline behind safety cars (maintaining speed to catch the car in front and not overtaking before the line) was pretty woeful by several cars.....something needs to be done or it will just get worse.
Perhaps people should pay attention during he drivers briefing, and realise the difference in required speed between a full course yelllow and a safety car situation.
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and in the mean time we managed to get our report online.

https://www.ultimatecarpage.com/even...-Montjuic.html
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