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DIX MILLES TOURS DU CASTELLET
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31 Aug 2018 to 2 Sep 2018 07:30 to 19:30
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Location: Circuit Paul Ricard

Peter Auto visit to the poshed up (for 2018 French GP) circuit.

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Old 31 Aug 2018, 14:14 (Ref:3847249)   #16
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C'on, Mike, an Iphone dropped into a pedal box of a Morgan, did you ever heard about that? Should we see a dispute between Apple and Morgan… Next time it will be a pigeon or may be a carrot!

The 356 is fast again, congrats!
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First in class for Q. Is worth a selfie from driver's feet
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You know that class structure in PA events isn’t always logical! We’re looking at ‘under 2.5 litre’ results as they are what season will be based on. That means we have to beat GT2 cars as well as GT3...... One ‘new’ 911 quicker than regulars, which will no doubt attract attention!
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Old 1 Sep 2018, 04:42 (Ref:3847346)   #19
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So far has been a very relaxing event....356 going well with no major dramas, although did run wide at turn 2 and “kissed” one of the floppies, so need to dig out the t cut to get rid of the marks down the sill....if that is all we need to do though I can live with that!

Race is not till 7.30 tonight, so plenty of time for wandering around to see what is here....might even actually watch some racing!!
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One ‘new’ 911 quicker than regulars, which will no doubt attract attention!
We had a good endurance championship in France, VdeV, serious and relaxed ambiance. This lasts for a long time, lets say from 1998 up to 2008. The car to win the championship was either a GT40 or a 911. One of the key of the success was the kind of free survey we had, each team discussing with the others. We had a dedicated scrutineer and we explained him not to be focused on engines only. This is why some "friends" went far away with long wheel base or ultra wide track.
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Oooops, seems my friend Jean-Marc is in trouble. The little "tickle, tickle" heard under the bonnet of his E after LMC is getting worse… He is not very happy, of course. May be I shouldn't have tell him to fire the team manager… How to lose a friend, lesson #1: say what you think is the truth!!
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Talking of scrutineering, we approached the formality yesterday with a certain amount of trepidation, due to having been picked up on a small point last time. This time, after the usual hand shaking, ‘Bonjour’ and ‘Ca va?’, then followed a straightforward question on whether we had attended to the issue. When I confirmed ‘Oui’, that was scrutineering over........
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Did you polish your rad? I find this refreshing attitude very good, they know their people. If you make a file of competitors, you'll see that its always the same who try to have scrutineers "swallow" strange stories. The others, like you, are respected because they show respect to the rules and people in charge. Speaking French also helps, of course!

Did you see Jean Marc, E Type # 138? Considering his engine can't make more than 6 K RPM (instead of 7 or more), his 2'40"33 is not bad. Hope he can race tonight.
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Sadly, Jean Marc'E will not race. Too many issues to be fixed on the field, probably scares from LMC… He learns on the hard way.
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Sadly, Jean Marc'E will not race. Too many issues to be fixed on the field, probably scares from LMC… He learns on the hard way.
Ah, I wondered why his car didn’t leave the tents when called! Shame.

Stories to be told but P13 and 1st under 2.5l car! Great result for the Stephens family as well, so altogether a good evening for tenthers......
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Correction! 2nd in under 2.5l class.... They found another fast car to include, this time a French owned 904/6, capable of lapping here 7 seconds quicker than anything else with a similar engine capacity. Some meetings it’s not in the class- then suddenly it is again.....

43 finishers from nigh-on 70 starters. Quite a high attrition rate, but can’t blame a hot ambient temperature for a change. All the Elans, which can be a lot quicker than the Morgan in some driver’s hands, retired, as did the two fastest 911s- one being the ’new’ very quick one.

Good start by Bill and he pulled out a gap on all the cars we thought we were competing against. (The 904 was well in front.) Then the Safety Car was deployed just as we were readying a for pit stop and driver change, the pit window opening just seconds before. The cause was a car minus rear hub and wheel in the middle of the track at the last corner, and Bill was first on the scene, so shot straight into the pit lane. This opportunism jumped us up the order several places by the time everyone had done their compulsory stop, and at one time up the Morgan was up to P8. Realistically we knew a few faster cars would get past again before race end, but looked good on the screen for a while!

After a few laps of his stint John suddenly dived into the pits with a damaged left rear quarter- result of a misunderstanding with a car he was lapping. (BTW it was completely dark by now....) 10 seconds to pull the wing away from the tyre and he was out again. The joys of soft aluminium! The time lost only cost us 1 place at the end of the day, luckily.

With about 30 minutes left, the SC was deployed again, and the two 911s we had gapped by 1.5 minutes were suddenly close behind again. John, however, was lapping as quickly in the dark as in daylight, so unless there was an issue, we were confident that they wouldn’t get any closer. They didn’t.

With the next car in the Under 2.5l season points standing not finishing, and one race at Imola to do, fingers crossed for a great end to the year.....

Will, Bill and Anita Stephens also had a great result in the family 356, finishing P23 with Will putting in an amazing lap at the end (in the dark) of 2min 50sec- faster than most of the 911s.....

CER race with the B19 late this afternoon, so hopefully we get a better result than in its last two races. Crash at Spa and engine blow up at LMC.... fingers well and truly crossed!
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Nice report, thanks Mike. All in all, a very good result seeing the cars in front of your Morgan which are E Type's, Cobra's and a TVR. When I was young, my preparer had a civilized version of a 904/6, fitted with a full 2.7 RS trim. What a chassis!
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Ah, I wondered why his car didn’t leave the tents when called! Shame.
See the guy who attracted your attention about a potential fuel leak during pit stop? This is Jean Marc
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See the guy who attracted your attention about a potential fuel leak during pit stop? This is Jean Marc
Apologies, didn’t notice, was too busy Did introduce myself to him earlier in the season, though.

The rad header tank overflow pushed a little water out, as the driver forgot the rule about leaving the fan running......
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No worry, Mike, was just for the smile. We know those moments. Keep the fan running with engine out or engine on, another debate! If my memory serves, TR engines as well as E Type dont appreciate too much idling below the 2 K or 2.5 K mark. And 5 minutes idling can kill them!
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