Had a really good weekend at Rockingham. Saturday I had the honour of driving Alec’s Prize Motorsport Roadster and given carte blanche to give it the beans.

I treated it with a bit of respect in qualifying whilst trying to learn its characteristics and make sure I didn’t embed it

My Snetterton weekend started on Good Friday loading the car on to the trailer, the spares, tyres and tools; along with camp bed and sleeping bags were loaded onto the van as well as about £2,000 worth of flat packed furniture.

Nothing is simple in this life and they say

My enthusiasm for racing my MR2 had been buoyed by a previous visit to Brands Hatch a couple of weeks earlier when I contested the MR2 Championship; which is predominantly contested by the much faster MR2 Mk2 cars. Despite being way down on the power of the larger engined machinery,

Daphne

I purchased Daphne back in September 2014 but the connection with the car goes back much farer than that.

Back in 2009, Matt Coggins and myself were both racing in the MR2 series and Matt had a business idea. Based on the fact that there was no-one turning good

Testing

Eugene hasn’t been completely happy for almost a year now and she continues to grumble at me.

I have to admit that after over four years of reliable service I have no room to grumble back.

We went to Oulton Park on Tuesday to run the new engine in.

Well I had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend despite feeling like death for most of it. I’ve lost the best part of half a stone which could have been critical had I not accidentally overfuelled the car.

Friday morning was spent on the rolling road and confirmed that the car was

All I can say is that this has been another character-building weekend.

It started badly on Friday night when Karen’s train was a couple of hours late so what was going to be an early night was well past midnight and I couldn’t sleep. Insomnia got the better of me

The last round; Oulton Park, September 28

The story of the Oulton Park round starts in June at Brands Hatch when the car mysteriously overheated after one of the races. The radiator had gone off like a kettle with no warning in the paddock after the race, and despite it

In brief, we were going pretty steady on this event but not as steady as last year. We were holding our own in the open rally on Friday and had a push on Saturday and got up to second but a very close call on Florida 1 on Sunday morning

I suppose the Autumn Series was always going to be a bit damp. We’ve been bouncing between an early winter and an Indian summer for a few months, luckily the long range forecast for snow by mid October hadn’t materialised but as we all descended on Donington Park on Saturday

I was quietly confident about doing well at Cadwell binasow it’s the only place I really do any testing or practice and I love the challenge of the circuit which fits more with my rally driving style however I was a bit apprehensive as it’s 5 months since I’ve been

This weekend was extremely character building for me but also very enjoyable.

The Nippon races were good as usual as we generally find a handful of MR2s or similar to race but I was extremely disappointed with my qualifying pace and especially my 9th in class.

The race went much

People suspect that I’m a bit mad at the best of times but when I suggested that I would like to enter Phoenix in a circuit race, they thought I was mad. (Phoenix is the name of my 2 Litre Vauxhall powered Ford Escort Mk 2 rally car) I’ve taken

Officially we are now two rounds into the 2011 MR2 Racing Series season but I’ve already competed in eleven races. Firstly, there was an initiation race in April; a double header of Nippon Challenge cars and Mr2s at the Silverstone National Circuit,. Next came the 750 MC MR2 Challenge race

They say that qualifying is everything in a one make series and we’d done everything right in preparation for this event. The usual, turn up and drive philosophy had gone out of the window, we’d been to the circuit on the Wednesday before the event and messed about with suspension

Thank You Ash Cloud!

My 2010 season was scheduled to start at the end of May with the MR2 Racing Series round at Snetterton and before the event, a host of work is planned for the car, including replacing the ageing and smoky 120k mile engine with a completely freshly

This year I’ve embarked on a relatively new pastime of circuit racing. I say relatively new because in 1996 following a slight indiscretion on The Premier Rally in 1995 where we had a little accident at the end of Harlow wood, rolling five times before coming to rest inverted and

Matt and myself had given the car an inspection after Mallory as it was quite soul destroying watching the cars scamper away after the hairpin and we’d decided that the standard anti roll bars just had to go. We’d also look at lowering the car as well. On closer inspection,

Unfortunately, Matt had blown his funds at Snetterton so the last two rounds I was on my own. My car had been on a diet since Snetterton as we’d analysed that I was losing most of my speed in the very fast turn 1 where my car would lean and

Coggsport (as we christened Matt’s new racing team) fielded three cars for this meeting and what a cracking time we all had. Matt’s good friend and GT Race Series Champion Jody Firth was going to drive “The Black Car” Matt in his Rothmans liveried one and me in my Rosso