Vulcan Racing – Race Report ‐ MGCC Donington Meeting 2011
The team set up camp on Friday night at the newly revised Donington Circuit in anticipation of rounds 9 & 10 of the MGCC Peter Best Insurance Challenge over the August bank holiday weekend.

We had entered 3 cars for this race:

Dan Ludlow MGZR 190, Dave Brown MGZR 160, Sarah Brown & Mark Burton MGF 143.

Qualifying
All 3 cars had a good session with, this was the first time Sarah had driven the MGF and the circuit.
Mark qualified out of session due to the car share.

Dan best lap 124.029 Pole 1st in class

Dave’s best lap 1.29.468 P3 1st in class

Sarah best lap 1.35.559 P12 2nd in class

Race 1.
18 cars lined up on the grid, and what a race followed, with very changeable conditions from dry to wet which made for hard work for those cars on slicks.

Dan lead into the first corner with team mate Dave giving good chase, Sarah had a good start and managed to hold station into redgate. Due to the changing conditions a few drivers exchanged places and even had a few trips across the grass. Dan had his first DNF as on the start finish straight it was clear that he could not get a gear, he tried to lap in 4th gear on slicks in the rain and after a spin Dan pulled into the pits. Dave drove his car to a class win and 4th overall really pushing his ZR160 and gaining good championship points. Sarah brought the MGF home in 14th which she was pleased with considering she had not driven the car before and had a spin.

Dan best lap 125.461 DNF

Dave’s best lap 1.28.968 P4 1st in class

Sarah best lap 1.36.097 P14 2nd in class

Race 2
By now all drivers had a feel for the circuit and we expected a dry second race, Dan’s car had had a new gear selector arm fitted and bush and so we were ready for race 2. Mark Burton joined the team to try the MGF and as the car was being shared it started at the back of the grid.

What a start Dan kept his pole place and was first into redgate and commanded the race unit the chequered flag which he was elated with, this also means that he is now the unconfirmed Champion for 2011. Dave had a good start and chased the leaders to gain P2 for the majority of the race however with a Dave was piped into 3rd place over all only beaten by cars from the class above how were running slicks and more power to weight advantage.

Mark had a flying start from last place, he had made up 6 places by the end of lap one, and he was pushing hard through the pack. This was the first time driving the car and coming into the old hairpin overtaking off line lead to a bit of a spin leaving the car with in the gravel trap. The Safety car was put into action and I (Peter Burchill) got to do 2 laps on the radio as spotter in the safety car. Being rear wheel drive Mark managed to get out of the gravel and rejoined the race. However on lap 6 Mark retired the car as clearly the kerbs/gravel trap had caused some damage to the car cooling system.

Dan best lap 124.839 1st overall 1st in class and fastest lap

Dave’s best lap 1.29.302 P3 1st in class and fastest lap

Marks best lap 1.32.823 DNF

Championship standings
With 2 rounds to go

Championship leader Dan Ludlow Vulcan Racing (mathematically Dan can not be beaten)
Class C full race Dan Ludlow Vulcan Racing P1
Class B modified (its down to the last rounds to decide this class)
Peter Burchill Vulcan Racing P1
Dave Brown Vulcan Racing P3
 Class F Jason/Sarah/Mark Vulcan Racing P3

 

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