By Andrew Row.
The August DTC is the LCQ round of the Inter Club Challenge, so a good mix of cars and clubs in attendance. Perfect winters day, blue sky, the slightest breeze and 25 degrees. And a good turnout of 37 cars making for a good competition without too much time between runs.
Personally didn’t get off to the best start. Something to do with the well known five P’s. New clutch for the bike engined race car. Of course at the last minute and only tested the night before, as all seemed well and house renovations were taking precedence. Turns out the new clutch required more lift to release than the previous. The mornings runs were mostly lost to some spanner time. The resident wise guys offering plenty of useful advice. “Be much more comfortable doing that in the garage at home”. “I see you do your car renovating at the track”. Let’s say my spirits lifted a lot with a fun afternoon on the long track. Bike engine cars are fully in the Lotus spirit, light, fast, and lots of trouble.
Big thanks to Gideon for running a well organised event. Sadly spending the day on the timing desk as his Exige has been traded on a newer, faster toy. He was quick before, so going to do well in the new 420.
Nice to have a visit from Daryl, Mal and Steve. Although not driving, providing the moral support to the rest of us. Making sure LCQ put on a good show against the other clubs at our home event.
Evan Molloy set the times to chase as usual on both the short and long track. Might have even been a lap record on the long track. The Graham’s were ever competitive, with Ken taking the honours on both circuits this round. The Datsun is great to watch being peddled hard so hard. Mal Gray certainly got the coconuts award through turn 1, proving Rover power is plenty if you just don’t brake.
Haven’t added up the ICC points, but plenty of LCQ members at the top of the table, so should have done quite nicely.