Post by Dave Wisdom on Aug 23, 2014 17:19:06 GMT -5
2014 GPd Garagista Round One
Forest Hall Circuit
Official Practice Results
Changeable British weather conditions greeted competitors at today's official practice. As predicted, a titanic battle took place for pole position between Jackie Stewart's Matra MS9 and Graham Hill's BRM P83. The rest of the field remain tightly bunched from Chris Amon's Ferrari 312 in 3rd down to Dan Gurney's hard working Eagle Climax in 10th. Full practice report and pictures will follow tomorrow ahead of the race.
Post by Dave Wisdom on Aug 24, 2014 9:24:52 GMT -5
Following last weeks unofficial warm up session, there was eager anticipation amongst the Forest Hall crowds as they awaited yesterday’s official practice. They were not disappointed. Masterful performances were played to the grandstands as Stewart’s Matra, Hills’ BRM and Amon’s Ferrari headed the field. The Matra MS9 and BRM P83 continued their form from last week and looked even stronger ahead of tomorrows Grand Prix.
Stewart fixes Hill firmly in his sights on route to pole position.
Most teams were able to improve their times on the previous warm session including most notably; Chris Amon’s Ferrari 312 in 3rd and Trevor Taylor’s Shannon SH1 achieving a magnificent 5th fastest and second row grid placing. The Brabham team continued their good form finishing 4th and seventh in the BT19 and BT24. Bruce McLaren slipped down the order in his M7A following Taylor to finish in 6th position and on row 2 of the grid.
Big improvement from Amon as he powers into 3rd fastest and a front row position.
The Brabham team were clearly on a mission and successfuly secured 4th and 7th places on the grid.
Graham Hill dropped back a little compared with the warm session early in the week, but the Lotus 49B looked strong and will no doubt be a serious contender for points in the race.
Hill heading for 8th fastest on the grid.
The Eagle AAR ran powerfully, completing solid performances with the 12cyl TIG in 9th and Eagle Climax in 10th. Stewart’s Owen Racing Organisation P83 chased the Eagles all the way and will sit beside Gurney’s Eagle Climax on row 4.
Strong team performance from ARR with both cars securing a 4th row grid placement.
Gurney heads down Stebbe Straight into 10th position on the grid.
Stewart chased the Eagles all the way and will line up alongside them both for tomorrows race.
The Coopers of Bianchi and Rindt ran in close company throughout practice finishing 11th and 12th respectively. Brabham followed them both very closely finishing within a whisker in 14th place on the grid. The Honda RA273 and Ferrari 312 of Surtees traded fastest laps throughout the session; the RA273 of Ginther just pipping Surtees into 15th position.
Rindt encouters traffic as he records 13th fastest in practice.
The Cooper-Maserati of John Surtees showed improvements since the warm up and looked very quick on the straight, managing to finish practice in 18th. Jack Brabham completed the teams excellent showing finishing 14th just ahead of Ginthers Honda.
Brabham's BT20 finished just ahead of Ginthers Honda to take up 14th position on row 5 of the grid.
Surtees managed to improve slightly up the weeks early warm up times; the Ferrari visibly looking more stable on the road, finishing just ahead of the Honda RA300.
Surtees takes the 312 out of Shaws Hairpin towards the tunnel.
John Surtees had a frustrating time in the Honda RA300 having plenty of pace, but just out of reach of the leading runners. The RA300 looked and sounded magnificent as it screamed its way around the woodland back drop to Forest Hall.
Big John hauls the RA300 around the tight Shaws Hairpin corner.
Jo Siffert ran a steady session placing Rob Walker’s Lotus 49 in 19th position. Seppi commented after the session grip was proving difficult but remained confident for race day.
Siffert heads the field into Shaws hairpin with Graham Hill chasing the pack
The GLTL 49B of Hill ran consistently and his 20th position on grid is perhaps not necessarily a fair representation of its performance. Colin Chapman brushed aside any doubts clearly indicating race day will be the real test.
So the grid is now decided and the cars are currently waiting patiently within Parc Ferme. With Stewart and Hill seemingly in charge, the rest of the field is pretty wide open; anything can happen and in motor racing; it usually does...
I'm surprised and thrilled that my #20 Ferrari 312 qualified third on the grid for the first race of the GPd2014. It is also great to be in close company with my old VRAA and Tasman Cup rivals Alan/Stu and Phil. Taffy's and Bryan's cars seem to be in a class of their own, at Forest Hall at least, but as we saw during today's Belgian GP, when race day dawns strange stuff happens and the unexpected can occur. I am looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.
Post by Dave Wisdom on Aug 25, 2014 4:38:21 GMT -5
2014 Grand Prix de Garagista Round One
Forest Hall Circuit England
Yesterday witnessed the first and unquestionably thrilling round of the 2014 GPd Garagista Championship. The field had Forest Halls packed grandstands and spectator enclosures on the edge of their seats as all 20 cars battled it out for honours.
Congratulations Taffy. Well done also to Tony and Phil. On ya Phil! Thanks drivers and helpers! Looking forward to the race report and pictures. Thanks Dave on presenting and hosting a colorful, entertaining and exciting round, very well done!
Post by Dave Wisdom on Aug 25, 2014 9:11:41 GMT -5
Race Report from Forest Hall Circuit
Sundays Grand Prix Meeting was opened with a round of the British Saloon Car Championship. Once Frank Gardner was prised away from the Brabham pit garage, he got on with demolishing the opposition in his Alan Mann Ford Falcon Sprint. John Fitzpatrick gave chase in the Broadspeed Escort 1300TC, but in this case it was very much a victory for Goliath over David.
The Grand Prix
As everyone knows, completing a full distance Grand Prix is very different from warm ups and practice sessions. It was first time out for all teams and despite the early form shown by Matra and BRM the paddock atmosphere on race day morning was that of anxious anticipation.
As the Union Jack fell, Stewart took an early lead from Taylor, who’d, made a lightening start from 5th place on the grid. Following hard on the heels of Taylor came Hill in the GLTL 49B. Taylor gallantly held off Hill until finally succumbing to Cosworth power. Meanwhile Brabham in the BT24 was running wheel to wheel with Hill’s BRM P83; Graham struggling at the start and subsequently suffering from intermittent power issues. Unfortunately, GH was seemingly unable to quite match his earlier form in practice.
The field heads into Gerrards Bend at the start.
Leading runners on lap one.
Chris Amon kept both Brabham and Hill well within his sights throughout the race and at one point looked as though he could catch and pass Hill. As Brabham set off in pursuit of Trevor Taylor, the battle for 5th and 6th continued behind him. Dan Gurney steadily carved his way through the field in the Eagle Climax passing Brabham and McLaren in the early stages.
Amon, Hill and Gurney approach Shaws Hairpin.
Up at the front Stewart spun at Shaws Hairpin and for a brief moment Hill was ahead. However, once again the steely Scot threw down the gauntlet, recomposed himself and was quickly back in front, which was where way he remained until the chequered flag.
The action was no less exciting down in mid field. Bianchi, Rindt and Gurney fought wheel to wheel throughout the entire Grand Prix. They crossed the finish line almost 3 abreast, but it was Gurney just ahead of Bianchi and Rindt, all three only separated by fractions of a second.
Surtees had managed to improve the Ferrari 312 handling a little more to his liking for the race, but Stewart’s BRM P83 harried John all the way to the flag. Although Surtess managed to stay ahead of Stewart, the Ferrari gearbox was not sounding quite as sweet as when it left the paddock prior to the race.
Hill struggled to stay with Stewart in the early stages.
McLaren only just managed to stave off a strong challenge from Black Jacks BT24.
Surtees, followed closely by Stewart and Brabham, ran strongly in the race despite handing difficulties during practice.
Siffert ran steadily and managed to finish in tact ahead of the Cooper-Maserati of John Surtees, although a couple of pit stops to investigate continuous over-steer failed to rectify the problem. Otherwise, Siffert may have caught Hill’s GLTL 49B which had run solidly in 16th during the race.
If there were to be any prizes for bad luck, then they must surely go to the Honda Team. Richie Ginther had made a magnificent start and was initially running with the Bianchi/Surtees/Gurney battle for 10th place. However, at the three quarter distance disaster struck and Ginther’s RA273 lost its near side rear wheel going into Gerrards Bend. Ginther was unhurt, as was the car, but one had to feel sorry for the guy as he had driven so well all weekend. As the team were coming to terms with this retirement, Surtees stormed into the pit-lane with clutch/gearbox trouble. A slipping clutch was quickly diagnosed, and John was sent out again. A few laps later the same problem befell the beautiful RA300. Surtees managed to struggle onto the chequered flag, but there was clearly bitter disappointment in the Honda racing pit.
Gurney, Bianchi and Rindt ran together throughout the entire race all finishing within a second of each other at the chequered flag.
Ginther; too distraught to even leave the cockpit of his Honda cannot believe what's just happened.
Double blow for the Honda team as Surtees awaits the verdict from team mechanics.
Siffert waits frustratingly in the pits while Rob Walkers team attempt to cure a tail happy Lotus 49
Surtees and Hill both fought hard with under powered cars, but survived to the finsih.
Stewart takes the chequered flag ahead of Hill, Taylor and Brabham.
So, Round One concludes what was an incredibly tight race with only 8 laps separating the top 13 runners. The scene has been set for what looks like a very close championship and with 3 rounds still to go the leading runners are too close call just yet.
Wow...what a way to kick off the season! Congratulations again to Taffy, Tony, and Phil.
Dave, I can't wipe the stupid grin off my face. Thank you so much for all your hard work. The presentation is absolutely magical! Never seen anything quite like this. I think it has made the leap from an event that perhaps could only be appreciated by slot car enthusiasts, to something that could be appreciated by a larger audience, such is the quality.
Post by David Lawson on Aug 25, 2014 12:08:26 GMT -5
I can only imagine the amount of time it has taken you to host this race as well as taking all those very carefully composed photographs and the very entertaining practice and race reports - thanks for all your efforts.
As you say what a close result with the top 13 places covered by approximately 30 seconds but it has to be said even at this early stage that Taffy is going to be very hard to beat.
My Cooper-BRM is certainly showing its age so I will have to start thinking about building something quicker for next year.
Post by David Mitcham on Aug 25, 2014 13:00:14 GMT -5
Thank you for everything you have done to make this a first class opening round. As this is my first proxy event it's the taking part that is the important part for me and being involved in such an impressive event. Congratulations the the front runners and to Taffy in particular - it takes something special to produce a great looking car that is also fast.