Our third event of the year was a sell-out and we saw some really quick kit from previous months (Mark in the Exige and Nigel in the Caterham, for example) and some new faces. Hello to Wrighty in the 911, first time for him at our event and a very quick 1’28.7 time set. Consider that Mike’s Formula Ford Merlyn was only a tenth of a second slower! Another first timer was Paul with a Hayabusa powered Westfield, doing 1’26.7. Other specialised Brits included Kev in an Atom, doing 1’26.1, and two TVRs, one of which pirouetted beautifully at the Molehill (Anthony or Michael, one of you own up!).

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It was nice to see PPC reader Stuart in the yellow Fiesta, up from Kent to do 1’35.3. Alex and Rich did plenty of laps in their MK1 MX-5s, both doing a best of 1’31.1, Alex once slithering a good few meters after braking a whole postcode further than normal trying to beat his result of last month. Alex and Tom brought classic Minis and as I mentioned I the paddock, it’s physically impossible to dislike a classic Mini. The brilliant blue Impreza you see belongs to Ben, 450BHP and slicks meant a time of 1’29.9 and an impromptu romp up the grass on one attempt. Who owned the awesome Camel liveried Land Rover tow car, by the way? I loved the stove in the back but was too polite to scounge a cuppa when I was cold although the weather stayed dry all day (hence the decent laptimes).

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The diversity of cars at this event really add to the appeal. No-one takes it too seriously, lap times are whittled down, and we’re slowly getting a clearer idea of which names will be in the mix to win one of the two trophies on offer at the end of the season. Thanks to Robert for some of these excellent pictures. We look forward to seeing friends old and new at next month and for those who have signed up for the championship but not attended yet, come down next month and set your time, you’ll be in good company. Thanks again to Rich and Dan for their hard work on the day. We’ll publish all the times soon now the season is taking shape, there are prizes to be awarded later in the year, after all. Roll on April!

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Pics by Rich Duisberg and the very kind Robert Grounds.

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