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OULTON PARK - Saturday 23 June: Team MGA awoke, not for the first time this season, to a  very wet and windy paddock.

The previous day's monsoon conditions had lessened to a large degree, but it was impossible to see how it couldn't do. The rain was torrential at times and made the 4 practice sessions extremely difficult for the MGA drivers.

Unfortunately, in practice session 3, Nicola lost control at Druids on the rain-sodden track and spun off into the barrier. Damage was limited to  the driver's side front and rear wings, and the door. Oh, and a door mirror! Repairs were effected back at the team base, and the car looked so good that Peter had difficulty in spotting the damage*.

Ryan Cefferty joins Nicola and Peter Gillatt racing this weekend, after having a replacement engine fitted. He missed the last two rounds due to his previous engine blowing up, so it's a welcome return to Ryan, and at our home track of Oulton Park. Tony is missing this round; hopefully his hand will be healed for the next round.

The qualifying session got underway at 08:47, for a scheduled 30 minutes. The rain had stopped by now although the track was still slippery and ready to catch the unwary. This it did at Old Hall on lap 4, when the Seat Toledo of Severs, James and Hines came together with the barriers and caused the session to be stopped, which lasted almost 30 minutes.It eventally got going again, allowing Ryan to post a 2:01.593 on his last lap, putting him in 15th place (4th in class) on the grid. Nicola posted a 2:10.891, to start 18th (6th in class).

It was still dry prior to the race start. It should have started at 11.30, but due to the incident in qualifying, the start was delayed 3o minutes. At 3 minutes past 12, the race was underway ... just as the rain started. Fortunately, it only lasted a couple of minutes before the sun made a brief appearance, then it would rain again. A cycle that continuted throughout the rest of the race, ensuring the driver's would need to be driving fully to the conditions.

The first casualty of the race was the Mini Cooper S of Whorton-Eales and Knox on lap 5. Heading up Lakeside, the driver lost control as he turned into Island Bend. Once he was on the grass, he had no control of his car and hit the barrier hard, ending his race. To recover the car, the safety car was called, bunching the cars back up. The race resumed, with both MGA drivers enjoying a spirited drive.

That is until Nicola, attempting to overtake a slower car, outbraked herself and skidded off into the gravel at Shell Oils. Fortunately, with the help of the marshals, she was able to resume the race. Ryan was having a good race, scoring his fastest lap of 2:01.627 on lap 18. Disaster was to follow shortly after, on lap 27, when Ryan skidded off the same part of the track (at Island) as the Mini Cooper. Fortunately, he didn't hit anything, but after several rotations on the wet grass, he was beached in the gravel trap. That was the end of Ryan's race.

There was a further incident on the same lap, when the Honda Civic Type R of Tim Saunders hit the barrier hard, nose first, at Foulstons, which brought the safety car out again. That was the last of the incidents until the chequered flag, which, after 90 minutes of racing, saw Peter safely bring his MX5 home, in 14th place.

An exciting weekend's racing draws to a close and we now have the summer break and can look forward to a return to Snetterton on 17/18 August.

*Possibly not


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