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Silverstone, "the home of British motorsport", as the track's slogan goes. It certainly conjures lots of memories, with evocative corner names, such as Stowe, Vale and Abbey, and sighting the "new" wing (new, compared to the rest of the circuit, but actually opened over 4 years ago) immediately transports you back to July for the British Grand Prix, the track's most famous event of the year.

You could hardly move in the paddock for the team's mega motorhomes back then, and this weekend, the lack of space, if not perhaps the size and cost of them, bears comparision ... the paddock is packed! Fortunately, the MGA truck rolled into Silverstone on Thursday, ready for a Friday test session, and so picked a prime position.

There was some concern within the team that we wouldn't be at Silverstone, but fortunately Ian McDonald, who had his first ever race at Croft, decided to race at Silverstone and needed the MGA team's expertise to run his BMW in the Compact Cup.

First session was a practice day on Friday, which was run in glorious sunshine, with the temperature in the high 70s. Could this hold for the weekend? Ian, amongst many other drivers, was certainly hoping it would do. The session went off without incident, Ian learning valuable information about his car and the variation of the Silverstone circuit that was in use this weekend, the shorter International circuit.

There was no running on Saturday for Ian, although there was plenty of track action for other race series. We took the "rest day" to do some much needed jobs on Ian's BMW and the hard-working truck, even taking in some of the racing. It was another hot day, and all eyes were on the forecast for Sunday, which was looking less hopeful by the hour.

An early night beckoned, as a crack of the dawn Sunday start was required for the morning qualifying session and two races. The weather forecast was more accurate now, and the rain that had already affected most of the country was headed our way. It looked as though we would miss the rain for qualifying, but it was forecast to hit us just before the first race.

Qualifying got underway at 9.45 for the 15 minute session. It was only Ian's second qualifying session, so it was unlikely that he would be a front-runner (Force India, just across the road, would be knocking on his door if he managed that!), but he managed a respectable 1:28.47, placing him in 39th position for the first race.

Race 1 was rescheduled to start 30 minutes early, due to a storm that was passing through. Unfortunately, a heavy accident in the preceding race caused a red flag which finished that session and delayed the start of the Compact Cup session whilst the track was cleared. At this point, the track was awash with rain water, making for very difficult conditions for the drivers. The track state was only part of it though; once the race started, visibility was extremely marginal further down the pack, and Ian was right in the middle of that pack.

Ian held on in the race, and managed to finish without incident, in 36th place, with a best lap of 1:50.68, an indication of just how wet the track still was. The race was won by Stephen Roberts, with James Gornall a close second, just 0.46 seconds behind.

By the time of the second race, the rain had stopped, and the stiff wind blowing across the track soon dried it out. Again without major incident, Ian finished the race 11 laps later in 34th place, with a best lap of 1:27.76, just four seconds off the fastest lap time of Mike Tovey, who came second, with Jonathan Davis taking the honours.

Another fabulous weekend's racing comes to an end, with the MGA team experiencing scorching heat, biting winds and torrential rain. Ian notched up another successful couple of races, with many valuable racing miles added to his log book.

Next race on the BMW Compact Cup calendar is Snetterton on 13th September. Will MGA's yellow truck be making the long journey east? Watch this space...

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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.

Please see the Driving Tuition page for further details.

 

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