Dover has come and past and all I can say that it was quite an experience. The weekend was again filled with mixed experiences, close calls and near misses. On my way to the qualiying session the saturday morning my car engine gave up the ghost. I was rather disappointed that all my hard work and preparation would have come to no avail. In the last hour how ever a team mate opted to allow me to use his car and so at this time I want to take time out to "BIG UP" the race team of which I am a part JAGDYB Friendship Racing. Not only did my teammate (Cardo Dawkins) allow me to use his car but the other team mates that were there help to ensure that the day ran smoothe. They handled all the details allowing me to just focus on racing. They sorted out my timing equipment, made sure I had food and drink, made sure the car was ok before and after runs check times after runs and the most important thing , offered encouragement.
Now the saturday was alot of waiting around. After the cars were check and deemed fit for racing we were allowed half hour free practise on the track. I jumped to the opertunity as I had driven the car (1996 Toyota Corolla) only once a few times around the track and not at high speeds. It handled very well as expected, though I was timid to push it hard. After the practise session we waited almost for the whole day for our qualifying session. When it came I was ready and waiting. IGot on the track did a warm up lap to get the tires up to temperature and then I began to push. I did about 5 laps and at the end I managed to qualify in second place.
Now race day was a bit different, it was my first time racing at dover and all I can say is watching from the side lines is a whole different thing than racing on the track. I started at second position on the grid and was surrounded by way faster cars. Took us a while to get the start right but we eventually got it right. I had a minor spin out but other than that i did my laps and finished both races.
Once again i want to thank my team mates for there help and support as all this not only ensured that I had a great time but also at the end of the day secure 3rd Place in the second IP45 race.
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I am a Starlet enthusiast who has been previlaged to own 4 starlets to date and have picked up a few things about these little vehicles. There is always more to learn and im always willing to share info and thats what my aim is with this site.