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What a weekend! 

Kicking off with a somewhat tiring tour down to the Euro tunnel on the night of Wednesday 25th June, with both drivers for our Honda Civic: Dave Whitmore and Ryan Cefferty. Psyched up for the weekend ahead, the MGA squad finally arrived at the picturesque circuit on Thursday 26th June - test day! After modifications carried out on the exhaust and inlet manifold since the previous round at Brands Hatch, the boys were thrilled with the cars new abilities and delivered an impressive set of times. 

With Dave out first, setting a time of 3 minutes, 10 seconds the bar was raised further with a best lap of 3 minutes 2 seconds by the time he'd finished his stint. Set to follow was Ryan who then improved Dave's time by a total of 4 seconds by the end of the hours testing session with a best time of 2 minutes 58. After a slight spin executed admittedly well by Dave Whitmore, the MGA team ensured that the Honda would return to it's original precision with a spanner check - ready for qualifying. 

With Friday 27th June brought qualifying. Thanks to the half hour each in testing the previous day, both drivers felt relatively confident with the track in the dry and 100% pleased with the set up of the car. Within our designated class the main competition came from a Ford Focus and an Integra, which the boys were keen to stay within close proximity to. After 30 minutes qualifying the Honda was set to start race 1 22nd out of 69 on the grid and 3rd in class. 

The first race of the weekend took place on Saturday 28th June - but not without it's complications. After qualifying 2nd in class and 22nd out of 69 overall the drivers were keen for a potentially great race; however after a misunderstanding of the regulations regarding wet tyres, Dave (driving the first stint of the race) was left stranded in the assembly area after a late tyre change as the staggering 69 car grid lined up on the start/finish line. Once the race had begun and the cars had completed a lap our Honda Civic was then allowed out - at the back of the field. Undeterred, Dave used all the driving skill he possessed to pass car after car whilst driving the circuit in the wet. Returning from 69th place to 35th, the car was handed to Ryan Cefferty to complete the race. 

Again, this was not without difficultly as the driving pair had their hearts set on a podium finish with plenty of cars still left to overtake. As the MGA team watched from the pit wall it was evident that Ryan was not prepared to throw away the hard work that Dave had previously put in, matching his efforts by making a further 13 places throughout his stint and contributing with some surprisingly quick lap times - despite the extremely wet weather. As the chequered flag was waved both the team and the drivers were still unclear as to what place they had finished - though were delighted to hear they'd been called to go to the podium. With a 3rd in class and finishing the first race of the weekend in 22nd place - this left both the team and drivers excited for Sundays events as the drivers talents had shone during race 1 and they were rewarded with a trophy and champagne. It was also evident that if they could achieve such success from the back of the grid, they were set for even better things when starting towards the top 20 on the grid. 

Along with race day number 2 - Sunday 29th June - came even more rain. Though this may usually be a hindrance to the drivers, they were in fact surprisingly confident in the wet and were not phased even slightly by the vast amounts of water on track. As 1:15 crept ever closer, conditions appeared to dry up slightly - posing questions such as: wet or slick tyres and whether to run with anti roll bars on or off. Taking risks - the drivers and our team made the co-operative decision to stick with the wet tyres - which fortunately paid off as the rain returned as the cars lined up on the start/finish line. Starting the race 3rd in class and 22nd overall meant that the Honda had a great shot. 

With Ryan handling the first stint he was able to make up 12 places during his 20 minutes out on track - consequently putting the Honda Civic in 10th place overall and 2nd in class. During his stint Ryan was also able to deliver 5th and 6th quickest lap times overall. Next was Dave's turn in car for the remaining 20 minutes of the race. As track conditions appeared to dry slightly, Dave was able to deliver some quicker lap times - before the rain came pouring once again. As visibility became minimal, many cars in the race were forced to back off the pace.  However Dave in our Honda Civic continued to push the car - ensuring they remained 2nd in class. 

Finishing the final race of the weekend in 10th place overall and 2nd in class meant that the drivers had achieved 2/2 podium finishes - despite terrible weather conditions and tyre issues in race 1. Combined, the pair overtook a staggering 59 cars without a single scratch to the Honda, not to mention finishing the race in the top ten - an amazing effort by any standards.


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Mike Gorton

Mike Gorton holds an "S" Grade ARDS Instructor license and can provide tuition at any circuit in the UK. He is a Senior Instructor at Oulton Park and Cadwell Park. He is available for driver tuition on a daily basis at prices starting from £250.

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