On the other hand we haven't asked permission
at all from Peter Basill for this which we've copied off the forum.
10 and a bit of 11 May Brands GP Circuit Race Weekend Report
- Peter Basill
The morning started off with a lovely sunrise and the day looked
set to be a beautiful day but that did not last.
Qualifying was a close run thing with only a couple of seconds
between the five racers. Jonathan Greenwoods simply stunning Dulon
MP15 took the lead of the group with a best time of 1:51.119 with
the very steady Eddie Guest hard on his heels at 1:52.104. Very
close behind was Mary Whittaker in her Diemen RF82 with a time of
1:52.144. Next up is the suprise to the group with Joe Vennor putting
in a faster time than Peter Bassill. Joe in the Lola T664E clocked
in at 1:53.837 ahead of Peter in the Ray 98Z at 1:54.610.
Come race time the big debate was tyre strategy. With a quickly
drying track, the correct tyre choice was key. After long converstation
with paddock partner Joe, Peter switched to wets as did everyone
else in the group apart from Eddie who came out on wets. Arriving
in the assembly area, there was all three tyre choices present,
slick, intermediates and wets but who would prove to be right was
yet to become obvious.
Lined up on the grid, the lights went out and the start proved
exciting. Peter jumped up past Joe and Mary to challenge Eddie only
to mis-judge the line and fall back to last.
After some excellent defensive driving, Peter slipped past Joe
at Hawthorn and was treated to a beautiful firework display from
Joes engine dragon. A challenge on Mary was attempted only to be
deterred by Mary's secret weapon, a fire breathing dragon sat onto
of the gearbox (in collusion with Joe?? No mention of dragons in
the Blue Book). Peter put in a solid challenge on Mary at Pilgrims
Drop taking advantage of Mary's backfire issues to catch up with
The battle between Eddie and Peter was close and hard fought with
Peter finally finding the courage put to in a rather late challenge
on the approach to paddock hill, taking the outside line and staying
fully committed. Peter held Eddie off but following a complete logic
failure coming into surtes where Peter selected 1st instead of third
Eddie as able to close to less than a hairs length and stayed there
until the end of the race.
During the race, nothing was seen of Jonathan or Unicorns. Did
he race well or go off? Everything was clear when seeing the timing
sheet. Jonathan pulled a 23.4 second lead from the rest of the pack
putting in a fantastic drive.
Now what did Sunday bring? We hoped for better weather.Oh what
Qualifying was a mixed bag with Mat Jordan leading the way in
the RF89 in at 1:47.850 chased very closely by Eddie Guest in the
Lola T640 at 1:48.040. Next up was a surprise as Peter Bassill came
in at 1:48.626, a personal best for the GP circuit despite entering
Druids at twice the normal speed and spinning with no style at all
(The judges award 1.0, 1.1, 1.1, 1.0 on style and technique). Jonathan
Greenwood set a time of 1:51.630 in the still extremely sexy Dulon
MP15 and bring up the tail of the group was Joe Venor in the T644E
Back in the paddock Joe got busy sorting a grounding out issue,
solved simply by bringing the nose up by 2mm while Peter investigated
a "breaking issue". On close inspection the left outer
pad had vanished and only the backing plate remained.
More to follow..
(PS Peter - all contributions are always welcome.)