Yesterday was my first full day out of bed for nearly three weeks and it turned out to be a good one. Earlier I managed to solve my GTL problems and even around 8pm I still felt dam good so I thought I’d look in on the Groundhog fun race at Monaco. I had no intention of joining in (haven’t driven any GPL car since last April) but thought I’d watch for a while. Well the pull of GPL was too strong and I joined the back of the grid for a few laps (to be fair I did have the full 40 laps of fuel on board).
‘Holly molly’ what a handful, felt like I had rubber suspension as the Eagle just went where it decided. Gradually I got the feel for it again and stuck with it for about 10 laps. During this time I kept out of everyone’s way by pulling on to the pavement (sidewalk Will) whenever someone came up behind me, as I thought it would be the safest place to be.
Now I am wiser, as watching the rest of the race I now realise that to Clive, Will, Perrie, Magnus and Sid its just a bit of ’raised’ up road.
Seriously, my heartiest congratulations to everyone and especially the five who finished – 40 laps at Monaco is no picnic.
I enjoyed watching some great battles and driving throughout but think I should congratulate Clive, not just for winning, but also for his doggedness and dedication in sticking to the task for lap after lap. Great drive Clive - Will and Perrie sure made you work for it.
Well my appetite has been well and truely whetted so who knows where (health permitting) I may turn up next. Just remember the car in front maybe a Toyota but the driver behind is probably Ligel.
It was good to see and hear from you again Laurie. Far more gratifying than any victory. Just take good care of yourself so that you can join in with the GBGPL crowd in the future.
As for using the pavements.....any of those unorthodox moves were not necessarily intentional, more a case of unavoidable!! certainly in my case.
You are quite right about having to work hard.
After I got embroiled in a few messy "incidents" in the early stages, Will (and Jani, who later retired for some reason) seemed to be just too far in front to be caught. So, I tried to settle into a steady pace and hope for a mistake from the leaders.
A mistake from Perrie at about half distance dropped him back into attacking range, but at Monaco it does not always pay to follow too closely as there is nowhere to go if the car in front clips a barrier.
After a few laps I deceided that Perrie was far too comfortable in front and I would have to apply some pressure, so I squeezed up onto his tail and gave him the "evil stare" in his mirrors for about 4-5 laps. Eventually he did the decent thing, and ran wide into the straw bales allowing me through.
Will was by this time about 1/3rd of a lap in front and although I was closing it was not quickly enough and with a recovered Perrie only a few seconds behind I could not afford another mistake.
Will must have made a small error somewhere, because suddenly I was catching glimpses of his Ferrari, then exiting the tunnel, yellow flags warned of probs at the chicane..and there was Will stranded as I slipped through.
Perrie was still athreat in the BRM and I concentrated on just maintaining that precious 3 second gap, checking each time I crossed the finish line and only upping my pace if I needed to ( not that there was much margin to up it by!!)
A couple of laps in the low 1:28's seemed to pull me a little more space, then Perrie suddenly dropped back with about 4 laps to go and I could cruise to the flag.
Grats to Perrie and Will for a great race and to everyone else who took part. Commiserations to Jani for not being able to complete the race for whatever reason.
Once again, finishing last of the runners in 5th and being two laps down felt like a victory in itself. I'll just stay with the Honda and not bother about any results. Suits me perfectly.
Usually I don't like Monaco much but this time it worked well for the Murasama. It was good to see a decent starting field (14 starters! not bad) and the race felt like a proper race all the way until the chequered flag. Near the end I was aiming to catch up with Sid for 4th and after he had a spin I was briefly in 4th but he took the position back rather quickly after that and then disappeared into the distance. Good fun though.
Since this series rewards those who finish races very well, I should be in with a good chance! Winning is not everything in the historic series. A long string of decent results will go a long way.
Indianapolis oval in 4 weeks! In the 1950 and 1955 series, the Indy oval has provided excellent races despite small-ish grids, so it would be great if we could get a decent grid together this time.
Great to see Laurie on track again , and grats to Clive & podium.
Well, I never thought I'd hear myself type this, but for the first time ever I enjoyed a race at Monaco, and in a Brabham too, which has never been my favourite car....amazing. So a big thank you to daGoose for organising it. My race can be described as a race of two halves (of course it's mathematically impossible to have more than two halves, unless they are two unconnected halves....but that's best left for another time) and for the purpose of this post I'll call them The First Half, and The Second Half.....do try to keep up at the back there....in The First Half I drove as if I intended to finish the race, and in The Second Half I seemed intent on not doing so. An evil twin seems to take over after half distance for some reason, maybe it's an age thing............or something
Of course, some of it could due to me p***ing myself laughing....
On lap 26 (everyone else's lap 27) I came hairing through the chicane (which, thanks to my diets I'm now able to fit through......diets?? Yes I'm on two diets, you get to eat more that way) only to find Will strung out across the road after a spectacular spin, trying to decide which way he should be facing...which I promptly solved for him by barging into him and flipping him through a neat ninety degrees
Then on lap 34/35 I finally perfected my new trick of entering the hairpin backwards at full chat, sliding to a stop and pulling away down the pit straight, thereby circumventing the tiresome steering thingy....and to prove it wasn't a fluke I did it again four laps later!
Anyway, a good evenings entertainment.