Winton turned on the sunshine and turned up the heat at our last event. There was plenty of action trackside, including around 70 regular sprinters and 30 plus Super Karts buzzing around like blowies on a burger. Hats off to the skill and bravery of these karters who were posting lightning quick times- low 1:20s- and running around without harnesses! They are far braver than I am. We welcomed back an old MSCA friend Andrew East in his GT40 who made the trek from South Australia with his family and Alec Spyrou and his Lotus who’d been missing in action for the best part of last season. I suspect the Lotus boys might be wishing he has another rest as he won his class! It was also great to see Michael Bouts back running with us in his thumping Nascar.
Overall the day ran smoothly, with only two car recoveries (sorry about that) and a few karts to rescue. Due to an unfortunate clash with the Superbikes at the Island, our usual flag marshalls were unavailable. We called upon volunteers to help us flag and what an awesome job they did in hot conditions, dodging spiders and heat exhaustion. A huge thanks to Michael Kip, Alister Ondarchie, Keith Atherton, Greg Howard, Renia “Kitty” Gao, Wolfgang and Natalie Siem and the “Benalla Boys” – Greg Chapple and his team of volunteers. While we had time for another run, due to the hot conditions and to look after our flaggies (so they didn’t pop a woofer valve), we called it day ahead of schedule.
Well it seems that the Wizard of Winton magically disappeared from the track. The Husband decided not to run so that he could help out on dummy grid and apparently, his car now has some sort of mysterious ‘miss’. I think he mozzed me because during the second run, my car not only missed; it stopped. And stayed there, awkwardly waiting for the Tow of Shame. I think I just got nudged by the karma bus. My fuel pump packed it in and so did I. And so my day was over before lunch and the Husband and I declared this round a dead rubber.