3-30-2016 Tourist Trophy.... 1950's front engined, limited production, roadster, race cars. All Resilient Resin bodies by the late Doug Haynes.
Of special note this week: many of Doug's personal cars have (finally) been distributed among the Pelican Park faithful and several have re-emerged from the shadows to take their place on the racing grid once again. And the world is a much better place for it.
Eleven racers in attendance... the same group from my previous report of two weeks prior. It's "Win to Get In" And again the red lane saw few victories. In fact the only win in the red lane all evening was my fourth-round, preliminary heat victory. I think that smaller cars, like these TTs, are particularly unhappy in red. Getting tired of me grousing about the red lane?... me too.
These guys were all fast and had things broken out slightly differently, any or all of them could have made the Main Event.... but they didn't. In the red lane is Cully's Aston Martin. Cully is a perennial Main Event racer, but a red lane draw in the semi against Leo and Todd sent him to the Consi. And here he's in the red lane once again.
The white Chaparral One in the white lane is Paul's entry from the Haynes collection. It has one of Doug's famous custom drivers. It's a beauty and it's fast. In our Semi-Main, Paul challenged me for the transfer spot. He edged past me on the inside of the donut, only to be clipped and sent into the weeds as he was caught on the outside of the lead-on to the main straight. It was purely unintentional on my part... yet I couldn't help but smile just a little. Sorry, Paul.
In the blue lane is another of the Haynes collection cars, this a baby-blue Ferrari Monza driven by Basil. This car was fast, but must have some unresolved handling issues. Basil is too good a driver to come off as often as this car did. But hey, it sure looks good.
The red car in the adjacent lane is yet another Haynes personal build as evidenced by the driver's green jacket and bow-tie. Tom is the new owner of this beautiful Ferrari Testarossa and drives the yellow lane.
Consi Final: Paul's Chaparral wins in the white lane, Basil is 2nd in blue, Tom 3rd in yellow, and Cully is demoted to the Hooligan from the red lane.
Haynes cars sweep the Consi 1-2-3 in their second-coming debut
The Hooligan is an all-Aston Marton race, with the single exception of Greg's Ferrari.
Mike drew the red lane. As I have said earlier, everyone was fast. Mike had three 2nd place finishes in the preliminaries, but you need a first to avoid the Hooligan.
Greg's Ferrari TR is in the white lane. That's Cully's A/M next to him in the blue lane this time.
This is Dave's very nice A/M in the yellow lane. Aston Martins are very popular as they are the lowest of the TT cars, but they are also quite narrow in the rear.
Hooligan final: Cully wins in blue, Mike is 2nd in red, Dave 3rd in yellow, and Greg 4th in white.
The Main Event:
In red is James' Ferrari Monza, in white Deke's Lister, Todd's Maserati is in blue and Leo's Ferrari TR is in yellow.
In the first lap of the race, Leo deslotted in the "76 turn" taking out James from three lanes away. This gave Todd and Deke a solid lead which they extended as Leo and I struggled to play "catch-up". It was going to be a runaway win for Todd with Deke a solid second. But then I noticed that my car was acting odd... unresponsive in the dog-leg under the bridge.
I slowed to a stop there and the car was dead... no power. The corner marshal pushed my car ahead and it took off. It wasn't a car problem. TRACK CALL... track repair and restart. Leo and I were all smiles. Deke and Todd didn't look quite so happy.
The second running of the Main Event was similar, but very different. This time it was Leo and Todd crashed out. James with the lead... racing hard in the red lane... trying desperately to hold off Todd who was clearly gaining. But to no avail... with five laps remaining Todd was within a few car lengths. He would easily cover that and more in the remaining laps. I pushed just a little deeper into the corners.... yeah, too deep. I was off and Todd was by for the win.
Main Event final: Todd 1st in blue, James 2nd in red, Deke 3rd in white, Leo 4th in yellow. Good racing guys !!!