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Wood Scott Racing – British GT Championship
Rounds Eleven and Twelve – Silverstone GP Circuit

A big scare for Stuart Scott in race one was followed by a race-ruining organisational decision in race two – so all of this added up to a frustrating day for Wood Scott Racing on Sunday August 15 at Silverstone.

Race one saw Stuart Scott start the #77 Porsche, but high hopes of a fast run on the wide open spaces of the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit were ruined by the antics of a guesting French Lamborghini – Stuart takes up the story:

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“I’d actually made some progress from the start but as we came through Becketts and onto the Hangar Straight the Diablo spun right in front of me, went off onto the grass on the right, but then came back across the track towards me. I went left to avoid it but ended up with my left hand wheels on the grass and spun: I must have gone around a fair number of times and just barely missed both the Lamborghini and the barriers. It shook me up so much that when I’d stopped spinning it took me 30 seconds to restart the engine, my hands were shaking so much!”

Suffice to say the incident cost Stuart a huge amount of ground to the rest of the field, but despite the major fright of the spin he rejoined as quickly as he could and gave chase to the pack.

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His efforts were not entirely in vain and despite Steve Wood’s progress being delayed by encountering the oil dropped by the #88 Lotus, the Porsche ending the race plastered with the vital fluids of the blown engine from the little Elise, a reliable run seeing the boys bring the car home sixth in class.

“I was having a bit of a scrap with the Lotus and the front end of the car kept washing out until finally the Elise started smoking and I lost it with a spin at Becketts.”

The Lotus retired but Steve rejoined: “I’m not unhappy with that really,“ said Steve. “After all the car is a bog standard Cup 911 other than the sequential shift and there are cars out there that have had major money lavished on them”

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The afternoon’s race would see Steve Wood starting and initially having a ding dong battle with Martin Short’s Noble, Adam Sharpe’s Tech 9 Porsche and the Team Tiger Marcos: “Shorty was getting away a bit but I was right with the other pair and outbraked them both into Stowe, giving myself a good run down to Vale. I reckon it was my corner but at the turn in point the Porsche just thumped me and turned me around, a bit out of order really.” Steve rejoined but worse was to come, an ill-handled safety car period, called as a result of the Lamborghini (yes THAT Lamborghini) spilling its oil all around the circuit.

“I was towards the front of the train behind the safety car and realised that the cars were stacking up behind, but that he hadn’t picked up the leader. I got on the radio and asked the guys to get them to let us by but by the time they did the safety car was ready to come in and we’d lost almost a full lap.”

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As a spectacle the race was ruined, with competitive cars in both classes losing huge chunks of time by being released from the pace car queue, but then given no time to catch the pack before the pace car was withdrawn – not the championship’s finest hour.

The race lost, but it was time for the guessing game over tyres in a wet / dry / wet race: “I thought wets would be the right call, “ said Steve. “I was wrong.”

Despite competitive lap times in the seemingly ever changing weather of a one hour race, tenth place was the best that could be mustered this time around. But the boys were still smiling at the end and looking forward to the challenges of the super-quick Thruxton circuit next time out.

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