MSCA Winton wrap up – August 2018
Welcome back from the winter break. I hope you and your engines are well rested. We kicked off the second half of the season at Winton under lovely blue winter skies. Quite a miracle, given the downpour of the previous 24 hours. We had a field of 115 competitors, including a couple of lost newcomers who’d entered an MSCA event…in South Australia. We were pleased to host the inaugural Triumph Challenge which saw 15 competitors take to the circuit, with visitors and competitors from NSW and SA joining in. Well done to Michael Kip, TSOA delegate, who took the Triumph Challenge from concept to reality. A great effort. In a cruel twist, Michael’s beloved TR7 broke down in protest during his first run which meant he missed out on the event he’d taken much effort to organise. The day ran smoothly, with enough time to accommodate four timed runs, an oil spill and a parade lap (not in that order, but you get what I mean).
It seems the Lotuses were at the pointy end this weekend. Congratulations to Josh Robins who set the fastest time of the day in his Lotus Elise with a blistering time of 1:32:1, with Phil Nicholson in his beautiful Lotus Exige 430 Cup glued to Josh’s bumper at 1:33:1. To take a closer at the points score for the Winton round click here:
I have fond memories of Winton. When the Husband was courting me, he wooed me with tickets to Winton Historics and threw in a romantic 3-hour drive in a pretty (noisy) Spitfire. Winton was the first track I drove on. I had my first spin here. I drove my first track car here, my awesome Honda CRX. My first drive in the Little Clubbie was at Winton. So, it was only fitting that Miss Elise and I had our debut here. After much self-talk of “don’t stuff the gears up”, I decided to take the advice of a Lotus Sage (and my former grade 6 teacher) who wisely said, “Petrina, just have fun”. And that’s what I did. No setting PBs or getting caught up in ego or self-deprecating talk. Just me, having fun with Miss Elise on a track that I love. I have to say Miss Elise has a few more modern buttons and pretty lights than my Little Clubbie which takes a little getting used to. And nice fat sticky tyres. And a roof. And a lot more poke. Don’t tell my Little Clubbie, but Miss Elise is pretty special. I am yet to unlock all she has to offer, but our first dance was not too bad. This Girl Racer’s still finding her feet, but hopefully we’ll be doing the salsa pretty soon. What does this mean for my Little Clubbie? Don’t despair, there is enough room in my heart for two and I suspect I’ll be still be hanging out with her rather than Miss Elise, especially if the Husband has anything to do with it.
We’re headed to Phillip Island on Saturday 22 September. The event is now open, so be sure to get your entries in so you don’t miss out.
This is followed by Sandown on 21 October. Entries are also open for this event.
Our annual Come and Try Day is on Saturday 8 December at Phillip Island. If you know people that are interested in getting a taste of grassroots motorsport, then please let them know about our event.
The Husband and I are heading to Mallala to run a Come and Try day with the MSCA SA on 19 August. We’re looking forward to flying the MSCA Vic flag proudly.