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HRDC at Snetterton - 06/05/12

Our second outing of the year, racing the Twyford Moors Classic Cars Jaguar XK150S showed great promise. The car is going excellently and unlike our last trip to Castle Combe the track wasn't flooded. Snetterton has always been an exciting and fast track but add to that the new, extended, 300 track this really promised to be a great days racing. Furthermore there was no "GTS65" race this time so we were running with the HRDC Touring Greats pre '60 touring cars resulting in a grid ranging from Austin A35's to Jaguar MK.1's.

Race cars waiting to hit the track at Snetterton

Qualifying went extremely well with both Ian and Nik getting to grips with the new 300 track in the 3 laps they each had. At the end of the qualifying period our XK150 was sat in 8th place on the grid.

Nik Rochez (Twyford Moors director) with his XK150 S race car

Nik Rochez took the first half of the race and got off to a fantastic start, climbing to 3rd place at one point. By 'Palmer' our Jaguar had been pushed to the outside and so dropped back to 5th place. With the bit between his teeth, a brilliantly varied grid and a fantastic start it looked like Nik was going to have a fantastic race. Sadly at the next corner, 'Angostini', disaster struck. An Austin A40 failed to slow down for the corner and instead used the rear wing of our XK150 as a brake. The XK150 was spun off the track but Nik managed to bring the car back under control. The Austin came off much worse and ended up on its roof; fortunately no one was hurt.

Twyford Moors XK150 race car in the pit lane at Snetterton

The rear wing had been bent in and was rubbing on the rear tyre causing the rear wheel to lock up and the car to be unmanageable. Nik limped the car to the pits and a hasty repair was effected by bashing the wing in and away from the wheel, not the most sophisticated technique but we were in a rush. The Jaguar then went back out for 2 more laps with Nik at the wheel before it had to come back into the pits for further repairs.

This time around the wheel was removed and the wing was bent back out to where it should be if not the shape it should be. Sadly all this put our XK back into last place and our race was effectively over. Ian took the next stint in the car and had a thoroughly enjoyable drive. It was a good chance for Ian to get used to the car, the new tyres and the new track. Ian reports that he loves the new Dunlop racing crossply tyres and that they give fantastic feedback and allow the car to be drifted in a controllable and predictable way.

Twyford Moors prepard XK150 race car at Snetterton

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