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2019 6Hrs of Spa Francorchamps
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27 Sep 2019 to 29 Sep 2019 07:00 to 17:00
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Location: Spa Francorchamps

Grids to follow but the main event remains the jewel in historic racing's crown.

Other races will include MRL x 3, HSCC Closed Wheel, U2TC, Jaguar Challenge, Masters grids and HGPCA.
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Old 29 Sep 2019, 12:30 (Ref:3930749)   #196
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Going back to a question asked many pages ago as to how an estate car (the Mini) was eligible for the race- basically, it wasn’t! It was in an ‘invitation’ class and not classified as a finisher. If it had been, it would have been 23rd o/a. There was one GT40 also classified as ‘invitation’, but that didn’t start.

The HSCC closed wheel race attracted everything from a Jowett Jupiter to the can-am Lola, pictured here in park ferme. Most impressive cars on the grid were the Historic S2000s. Amazing ‘bang for your buck’!
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Old 29 Sep 2019, 12:51 (Ref:3930762)   #197
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Going back to a question asked many pages ago as to how an estate car (the Mini) was eligible for the race- basically, it wasn’t! It was in an ‘invitation’ class and not classified as a finisher. If it had been, it would have been 23rd o/a. There was one GT40 also classified as ‘invitation’, but that didn’t start.

The HSCC closed wheel race attracted everything from a Jowett Jupiter to the can-am Lola, pictured here in park ferme. Most impressive cars on the grid were the Historic S2000s. Amazing ‘bang for your buck’!
Some quick drivers in S2000 have come from the Modern championship I think. Really good addition to Thundersports and as you say are very competitive .
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Old 29 Sep 2019, 13:37 (Ref:3930795)   #198
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We are bringing our Tiga SC78 Sports 2000 to Portimao .
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Alright, who’s the lunatic in the yellow #33 911 who spent the entire HSCC race drifting between Eau Rouge and Radillon?

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A bright yellow 911 number 33 sounds like Mark Bates who is normally seen in the FIA Masters Sportscar Championship .
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For the last race ghe weather looks truly miserable, gloomy and from what I can see on the webcam the track looks deserted.

Good race though between Daytonas so far.
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For the last race ghe weather looks truly miserable, gloomy and from what I can see on the webcam the track looks deserted.

Good race though between Daytonas so far.
Weather is fine, it’s just light drizzle. Track is consistently wet, but no visibility issues or standing water. I’d say perfect conditions for historic motorsport!
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Into ninth place in the first damp wet bit and then engine gave up rotating!
Imagine money saved on petrol.
Always look on the bright side. . .
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Unlucky again Mike. Not been your week but chin up, hope whatever the problem was not to bad.
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Going back to a question asked many pages ago as to how an estate car (the Mini) was eligible for the race- basically, it wasn’t! It was in an ‘invitation’ class and not classified as a finisher. If it had been, it would have been 23rd o/a. There was one GT40 also classified as ‘invitation’, but that didn’t start.

The HSCC closed wheel race attracted everything from a Jowett Jupiter to the can-am Lola, pictured here in park ferme. Most impressive cars on the grid were the Historic S2000s. Amazing ‘bang for your buck’!
To be fair, 23 o/a sounds like an outstanding result.

I do love the Sports 2000s. But I am also a fan of Clubmans cars (Mallocks etc) and they are amazing vfm for HSCC racing; no idea whether any are able to race internationally, though. Although I do remember them racing in the original Thundersports series.
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Phew, wow! I don't recall weather like that in the 25ish races I've run at Spa. It was so wet my fronts were locking with just a dab. We started 5th in class and 36th, finished third in class and 19th so a pretty good run, spoiled by a TVR that wouldn't catch up with the safety car and thus held me back. Anyway another trophy to go in the loft.

That's my season finished although many are going to Estoril and Portimao. I'm envious.

Great to see Delta and share his enthusiasm. Pretty good result for the Galaxy team. Sorry to speak with Mike who shouldn't take it too hard, sometimes you are just a passenger.
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Plain and simple- I crashed........ Totally gutted. Not something I make a habit of. Was just coming in at end of my 2hrs. Track was diabolical, more ice rink than race circuit. Got onto grass and from there on was a passenger. Car immovable so stuck out in the boondocks until end of race.

Maybe time to hang up my helmet.....
Mike, I don’t race at anywhere near the level that you do but I do understand your sentiments; I have thought about giving up numerous times but the truth is that racing is a bit of a drug and we are all addicts. What else would you do to get your fix?
You said it yourself, you don’t make a habit of it and the track was diabolical....and I am sure that you would not get to drive these cars often if you were not a very good driver.

Give yourself a couple of days and I am sure that you will realise that you were just a bit unlucky and in the wrong place at the wrong time. It happens, but you are OK.

You will probably be annoyed with yourself for a couple of days, but then you will be planning your next outing! Good luck.
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Mike, I don’t race at anywhere near the level that you do but I do understand your sentiments; I have thought about giving up numerous times but the truth is that racing is a bit of a drug and we are all addicts. What else would you do to get your fix?
You said it yourself, you don’t make a habit of it and the track was diabolical....and I am sure that you would not get to drive these cars often if you were not a very good driver.

Give yourself a couple of days and I am sure that you will realise that you were just a bit unlucky and in the wrong place at the wrong time. It happens, but you are OK.

You will probably be annoyed with yourself for a couple of days, but then you will be planning your next outing! Good luck.
Nice post Andy . Well said
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Very sorry to hear of John's and Mike's and Delta's travails, it seems their luck deserted them and maybe came our way instead. Jackie & I were looking after the Gray's father & son E type in the hotly contested GTS12 class. Qualified 30th with a 2.56 by the quick lad while track was still dry We were in same pitbox as Delta so were aware of the braking issues, nothing he can't solve.
Based on weather forecast and knowledge gleaned from the last 3 attempts we planned a 2 stop strategy but only a single refuelling. Went like clockwork apart from contact by a Falcon / Mustang (not sure which) and later on a Marcos, but weren't knocked off track and suffered only light panel damage. As it played out we finshed 7th in class and 16th overall which I'm told is pretty good for a self-prepared privateer team. Could have been so different as there was minimal oil left in the sump, also the low fuel light had been flashing for almost half an hour at the end. Owner/driver already planning engine rebuild ready for next year - bring it on :-)
We're currently holed up at an aire alongside the Moselle in Luxembourg, next stop Dijon where I'm racing my Lenham next weekend.
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Unlucky again Mike. Not been your week but chin up, hope whatever the problem was not to bad.
Thanks Will, but no car problem- I had decided not to race and the owner retired the car after his stint.

The reason was, if anything had happened to the car it would be difficult to get fixed before departing for the next race, and as the +4 is out of action after the 6hrs it couldn't be used as a substitute. As it is we still have an engine dilemma, with the broken one from Monza needing investigation, and the current borrowed unit that was no way near as good as supposed to be at Spa. So lots to sort out in the next two weeks......
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