Post by JohnP on Oct 16, 2014 5:10:58 GMT -5
Well, the festivities are off to a flying start at the Valley Raceway!
Following a little TLC, the cars went out on track for the pre-qualifying warm up:
Having established that all the cars were running smoothly, practice got under way.
Cars ran in Round 2 reverse finishing order and were timed over a one minute run, the fastest single lap counting as the qualifying time. A special thanks must go to Bryan King here for prepping the braids and tyres before each car went out on track.
This is how they line up for Sunday's race:
So, as was the case last year we will have a Matra and a BRM on the front row. Taffy's Matra was the class of the field shaving 0.03s off last year's pole time. Bryan's car wasn't far off the pace but seemed to lose power a couple of times under acceleration down the main straight. A concern come race day perhaps...
Next up was Phil's very well mannered Shannon...
...joined on row 2 by Tony's Lotus running much more smoothly than last year.
The lap times are very close amongst the pursuing pack with some cars separated by just thousandths of a second. A big winner on the day was Stewart's Ferrari which following a 15th place finish at Pendle demonstrated a return to form by qualifying in 7th slot.
However, top honours amongst the scarlet cars went to Mark, pictured below having the body checked over before taking to the track.
So, it looks like we will be in for some close racing this Sunday. The models all look wonderful and as a further testament to just how much standards have risen even the slowest car on the grid would have qualified in 4th place just a year ago!
Roll on race day, things are looking very good for that man on pole...