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CSCC Donington
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Last event of the season for CSCC. Scheduled to be televised and includes the 'Night Race'.
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Old 25 Oct 2019, 20:35 (Ref:3936770)   #16
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Any entry lists for this one?

With luck the pdf entry list is attached
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Sadly it's a wet and dreary day here today.

A couple of hours ago it must have been almost dark enough to be used as practice for the night race.

Looking marginally brighter now but still wet and dull and chilly.

Sadly the forecast seems to suggest it pretty much stays like this for the day and into the night.

Stay safe and keep as warm as you can everyone.
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Horrendous conditions for racing at Donington Park today. Thank god i an racing tomorrow!
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Good to see a Capri and a Dolomite Sprint having a battle with each other!
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Horrendous conditions for racing at Donington Park today. Thank god i an racing tomorrow!
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One of the worst I've seen in a while. Good to see everyone giving it a go.
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Horrendous conditions for racing at Donington Park today. Thank god i an racing tomorrow!
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Just checked Andy. Yep, I see what you mean.


Kudos to the marshals today.
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Kudos to the marshals today.
Agreed. I hope the CSCC marshals goody bag, entry into the free BTCC tickets (i think) draw and tonights hog roast are compensation enough!
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Looks like a nice evening now. Pleasant sunset - as the commentator is observing.


Getting a bit nippy though.


Typical that the clouds clear just in time to let the day's heat, what there was of it, escape.
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Qualy on Saturday morning was horrible - rivers running across the course down the Craners, and particularly at the Old Hairpin where it was almost luck of the draw whether you got oversteer, understeer or just lost it altogether.....I was pushing to pass the quicker of the Dolomites and ended up going side by side round the Old Hairpin, got better traction going up to McCleans and passed him then hit the standing water as I entered Schwantz and disappeared across the grass before rejoining halfway to Coppice, way behind the Dolly again. I think very few didn't have some sort of moment......Qualified 27th out of an original 40 (although one or two had packed up when the conditions weren't improving).



Rain had eased a bit for the race, but still very tricky as you can see from the livestream (our race starts an hour into the coverage). I took over half way through and managed to keep it on the island, gradually improving my times until with a few laps to go I started catching a group of quicker cars that were bunched up trying to pass some relatively slow cars - a white 944, the Capri and the Dolomite. This let me catch up and I was able to dive down the inside of the Dolomite on the left-hander of the Esses, and was shaping up to catch the Capri when a Skyline flashed past me down the pit straight, then stood on the anchors as the Capri fell off into the kitty litter at Redgate - 2 places gained in a few hundred yards . I was then gaining about 2-3 seconds a lap on the Porsche, closed on him through the Esses and was hoping to pass down the pit straight when I spotted the chequer, so finished 23rd, about 1.5 seconds behind the Porsche......and very relieved to have survived.....


Huge Kudos to the marshals who were performing live snatches at virtually every corner, in atrocious conditions......
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Nice report, Richard. I hope our favorite surfer Andy is dry now…
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Nice report, Richard. I hope our favorite surfer Andy is dry now…
We had a lovely day on the Sunday, Gerard! Bright, dry, sunny but cold. There was no water left in the sky once Richard and Co had used it all up on the Saturday.
I enjoyed my race. Started 37 out of 40 but finished 27 ( there were a few non finishers and we are the slowest class cars!!!!). Had a good battle with a couple of cars and finished having stayed on the black stuff with all 4 wheels pointing in the same direction that they started in.

Most strangely, i was awarded a trophy by the Donington Park Race Association Club - the “Spirit of the club award”, i think. In this instance Awarded for services to promoting the club and club motorsport, i think. I dont think there is anytruth in the rumour that it was awarded for the driver who lives closest.
Previous winners have included, Kelvin Burt, Dario Franchitti, Jamie Spence, Jamie Campbell-Walter, Ian Flux, Mike Jordan etc. Gulp. Must admit to having got a bit of dust in my eye when they announced it!
Its a proper silver trophy, too. Needs polishing!!!
I am slightly embarrassed, my wife is very proud (so am i, but dont tell anyone). Dont think i have ever won anything before, except the occasion when none of my class mates finished!

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Well done Andy and obviously a most deserved extra award. Just out of my curiosity, when me meet next time can I shake your hand of kiss your shoes? Can I call you Andy or Your Altitude may be… No worry for the trophy, I'll bring the polish for you but only if you supply the labour! Basically we could use the boiling water from your tea…*Drink on the house!
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Actually, we had a great (ish) day on the Saturday, despite the rain! Without wishing to blow my own trumpet too much, I am a bit of a whizz in the wet and always perform way above where I'd normally be in the dry.

And so it proved during the morning qualy session, where I finished P5 and P1 in my class by over three seconds.

I was happy with that, and duly started the very wet race from P5, looking forward to a good result and hopefully a class win. What's that they say about pride coming before a fall? On the very first lap, exiting a very slick Coppice, I spun onto the infield grass (more accurately described as a swamp by this stage) and just about managed to keep up enough momentum to crawl very slowly back to the track in what seemed like a lifetime as I watched the entire field go by, and therefore rejoined in (I think) 35th and last place! Talk about shooting myself in the foot!

However, as stated, I am handy in the wet, so I got my head down, vowed to make no more silly mistakes and see what could be recovered. By the end of lap two, I had passed nine cars! By lap three, about another four or five, and by the time I came in (early - about 10 minutes into the race) for my mandatory pit-stop, I was already into the top half of the field.

After a good pit-stop (thanks Richard!), I continued my recovery drive, and by around two-thirds distance I was into the top ten and only one car in my class (from six or seven I think) remained in front of me. I caught and passed that one with around four or five laps to go, and continued to pull away, finishing the race back where I'd qualified in P5 overall and winning the class by over 40 seconds!

So I was, as you can imagine, well pleased with that. After finding myself in last place on lap one, even I didn't think I'd be able to pull that off! I was definitely on a mission.

Moving onto the night race - things didn't quite go my way in that one, despite having qualified in P4 out of 40 cars. But the qualy was done in the wet, and for the race, it was beginning to dry out a little, and as it did, my advantage began ebbing away. So even though I managed to be second fastest overall in the night race free-practice session, I couldn't maintain that through the race. A spin at the bottom of the Craners (the one place where it was still very wet) whilst involved in a fight with the DB4 and a back-marker, which put me on the grass and left me with few options if I wanted to avoid coming together with the Aston (wouldn't want to be having that conversation with the owner of a car worth upwards of half a million!), cost me around 10 or 15 seconds and a few places. Follow that with two safety car periods which robbed me of time to make a comeback, and then finally another last lap spin when another back-marker shut the door on me at Coppice, causing me to spin and drop out of the top ten - subsequently finishing in P11. But a great race and very different in the darkness. An enjoyable experience overall - would definitely do it again given the opportunity.
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