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DONINGTON PARK - Sunday 29 March - The clocks went forward this morning, which traditionally indicates the start of Spring, but the conditions at Donington Park, in the East Midlands, are anything but Spring-like, with a strong gusting wind and driving rain, making the paddock feel very wintery. But, the conditions aren't affecting anybody's demeanour, as actually being in the paddock of a racetrack  means that the long slog of off-season is finally over and we can go racing.
 
 
First event of a new season is usually exciting, and doubly so for us at MGA, as we join a new championship, the BMW Compact Cup, with two freshly re-built BMW 318 racecars. Not new to us are two of our old friends who have raced with us in previous seasons, Nick De-Jesus and Dave Whitmore. Nick is competing in the predominantly yellow BMW and Dave in the black one. Both are freshly painted in a fabulous colour scheme and after being fettled by MGA, both drivers are eager to hit the track. 
 
Dave arrived on Friday to get some early laps in on a trackday, in advance of qualifying and two races on the Sunday. A general feeling of being unwell was shrugged off by Dave, but this was going to come back and hit him harder on Sunday.
 
The paddock was awake bright and early (despite losing an hour as the clocks sprung forward) and was greeted by a strong, chilly wind but fortunately no rain. This sadly was not to last. 
 
By the time qualifying time came around, the circuit was soaked, which made for some very twitchy laps for all the field. The session was cut short due to a red flag which meant that whilst Nick got some decent laps in, Dave was severely compromised. Nick's best time was a 1:48.940, good enough for 16th, whilst Dave managed a 1:56.940, placing him in 26th place. 
 
Race 1 started on a damp, drying, track as the weather had improved. A dry line was starting to emerge, but off-line it was still very slippy. Nick unfortunately came together with another competitor, causing damage to his near-side front wing, but not preventing him from continuing with the race. Dave was feeling increasingly unwell, but persevered and managed to keep out of trouble. Race 1 finished with Nick in 11th place and Dave struggling in 19th place.
 
Race 2 started in a similar manner, with a largely dry track. But, the skies were dark and it looked to be inevitable that at some point we'd be getting wet; it turned out that the rain would hold off until just after the race had finished.
 
Starting positions were little changed from race 1, as the qualifying times were carried forward into race 2, so Nick started in 15th, Dave in 25th.
 
Once the race was underway, it settled down into a familiar routine, with both Nick and Dave making up positions. This was until Nick carried too much speed through the Old Hairpin and drifted onto the grass, causing him to spin across the track. Fortunately, he didn't collide with anybody and managed to get going again, only losing a couple of places.
 
 
Dave had an incident heading down the Craner Curves when the BMW of Neil Hobden lost control and spun across the track in front of him. With some heavy braking and taking to the gravel, Dave managed to avoid what would have been a heavy collision. It took some time to extricate himself from the gravel, by which time he had lost 5 places.
 
Fortunately, there were no other incidents and the race finished after 16 minutes, with Nick in 22nd place and Dave in 25th (who looked decidedly green once he managed to crawl out of his car). After their incidents, it wasn't too bad a result.
 
Donington was a learning experience for both the drivers and the team with the new race cars, and we head towards Brands Hatch on 26th April with a determination to improve on our race results.

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Mike Gorton

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