Archive for April, 2019


Hi Guys

After having a great test session a couple of weeks ago at Llandow, I was feeling very positive for racing on Easter Sunday at Pembrey.

Having got up at 3:30am to travel to Pembrey. I got to the circuit just after 7am ready for signing on and scrutineering, the sun was shining ☀️ and the skies were blue, the car was ready, the other competitors were calmly getting ready. All was going well and the feeling of quiet confidence was good 😊 waiting for the start of qualifying at 9am.

Then came qualifying; as we were the first lot to go out on track on Sunday, the track was still a little on the cool side, so grip levels were a little less than prefect, I got 2 “flying” laps in and as the grip levels were improving…

… the engine let go!

And an early shower for me 😔.
I lost piston 3 and it dumped all the oil out the exhaust pipe causing a big smoke screen and a big flamethrower out the back! 🔥😲
I parked up off the race track and smoke engulfed the cockpit very quickly, so I put the handbrake on – for some reason, unbuckled, turned the ignition off and got out the car, leaving the door open to let the smoke out. I then walked away took my helmet and gloves off and waited for the rescue team to arrive. I then got towed back to the paddock and two of the scrutineers had a look at my car.
Well gutted 😔, but if I’m going to do something I might as well do it in spectacular style 😎 I don’t do things by half.
Got a pretty rear bumper from the flames though 😅😉
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Not the start of the season I wanted, obviously, hopefully we can get it fixed it time for the next race meeting in May – though it will depend on availability and cost of parts, but if not, the next race meeting in June. I really want to race at Silverstone and Mallory again, fingers crossed my car is playing ball by those race meetings.

Remaining Race Dates for the Welsh Sports and Saloon Car Championship:
May 12th – Pembrey
June 9th – Pembrey
August 11th – Silverstone International
September 14th – Mallory Park
October 6th – Pembrey

Roll on some good positive vibes.

Take Care & God Bless
Vez

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Testing – 8 April 2019

Hi Guys

After almost a year of not driving/racing my Ford Focus, I went out testing today at Llandow . The weather was chilly and overcast, though it started off dry it did start to drizzle in my last outing before lunch.
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Testing went well, felt great to be back behind the wheel of my race car.
The car handled fine and was running smoothly throughout the rev range, always important, especially coming out of the tight corners.
Have managed to get the seat into a more comfortable driving position, get in! no more neck ache.

Feeling positive for the first race meeting of the season at Pembrey on April 21st.

I will post about the race meeting when it happens.

In Other News:
I went to see Nightwish in December, they were epic, even with their new lead singer Floor Jansen. The balls of fire gave off so much heat, I could feel it from quite away from the stage! 🔥
It was so good I was lulled into going to sleep part way through or it could just be my age 😅

I’ve been for a couple of runs and bike rides, when the weather has been nice.

I did the sound for the Panto – Goldilocks and the Three Bears; it had a circus theme to it. It went really well, even though I had a lot of music and sound to play throughout the whole thing.

I supported my sister in her 5 mile run around Blenheim Palace – completing the OX5 run in 55 minutes, beating her previous time by 6 minutes. So proud of her 😎 💪
20190324_114058We will both be doing the 10k Inflatable Obstacle Run at Bicester in September.

I’ve also been doing a lot of baking.

Battenberg Cake; Chocolate, Honey & Banana Muffins; Banana & Raisin Tea Loaf; Oaty Banana Muffins with Nutella; Mocha Swirl Blondies; Ginger & Dark Chocolate Cookies; Banana, Chocolate & Coconut Loaf.

I’m also still doing my regular fitness classes as well.

That’s all for now. Roll on some warmer weather and a good year of racing.

Take Care and God Bless
Vez

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