Wild Bunch Round
7 and Real Steel Round 10
2nd/3rd October '04
Friday night we arrived at Santa
Pod after a few traffic problems on the M25 (as usual).
The sequence of events was:
Arrive, sign on, get scrutineered,
back to the van, bottle of wine, chat with other bunchers, laugh, banter,
another bottle of wine, chat some more, sleep.
Twisted Dean in the Saturday morning
sunshine. (it was not to last.....)
So, we had to
make the most of a bad deal and spent most of Saturday night in the bar
chatting to Joe and Mark from the Back in Black team.
weather forecasts of gale force winds and torrential rain, Sunday started
dry and we were woken by the sound of the jet dryer as the crew prepared the
track. The second round of qualifying started and went quite well until an
oildown held up the racing.
Saturday morning came and brought
with it some fairly sunny weather if a little bit cold. The rain from the
previous day had soaked the track and the crew started at 6:30am and worked
hard all morning to get the track dry. The first round of qualifying got
under way and the Wild Bunch ran at about 1pm. Unfortunately we ran on a
Sportsman tree and not the usual Pro tree and at least 5 Bunchers red lit.
We ran off pace and were disappointed after our good performance at the last
meeting. So, we needed another qualifying round to try and improve our
position. But, it was not to be, mid afternoon the rains came again and
despite the best efforts of the crew the track wouldn't dry in the cold damp
Helen said she was
"focussing"... yeah, right!
Woohoo! my money is on the
traaaactor in the far lane...
Helen warms the Belle up on
Sunday, as we wait for the call up.
Helen is grumpy now... no
chance of improving on our 5th place if she can't get on the track!
It took us a full year to win
the "Best Altered" trophy at a Wild Bunch event. (Better late than never!)
Just as the
oil was cleared, the rain started to spit and continued on and off for quite
a while. As it looked a bit brighter, we warmed up the Belle as the Wild
Bunch was going to be squeezed in as the last qualifying group. As it turned
out, the rain came down harder just as the Wild Bunch came down the fire up
road. The rain didn't stop all afternoon and the meeting was eventually
rained off at about 3:30pm.
eliminations completed, the Wild Bunch spot prizes were awarded on the
single qualifying round. We won the "Best Altered" trophy which was warmly
eliminations taking place at the Finals, the positions in the remaining 2
series stayed unchanged.
1st Tony Smith, 2nd Joe Stevens, 3rd, Mike Cresswell, 4th, Team B'Sting, 5th
1st Tony Smith, 2nd Joe Stevens, 3rd Chris Hartnell, 4th Team B'Sting, 5th
Mike Creswell, 6th Helen Smythe
complete list of official results go to the
Wild Bunch website.
Congratulations to all of the teams competing in this years racing, it's
been a fantastic experience to work, race and play with you all and the
weekends away have been a pleasure. Here's looking forward to the last bash
at Halloween and then onto next seasons racing!