Short – Bahrain To California
How does British GT news in late August possibly overlap with California
news in early December – and where does Bahrain fit in?
if you’re Martin Short, and in August you agreed to sell your
Noble to a Californian resident (originally from Australia), and
agreed to race it at Thunderhill (right) a week after Bahrain –
it all becomes clear.
The man from St. Ives
was desperate to win in the ‘snot-green’ Noble last
time out at Thruxton, and very nearly did so – but with the
car sold to Greg Ross in Santa Rosa, that was its British career
But by selling the car
to the west coast, ”I got to drive in the 25 hour race and
the lads got a week in Ca,” explains Martin Short. “Little
did we know that temperatures would be almost identical to the UK!
of shorts, suntans and Califonia girls have been rudely shattered!
It’s more like hiking boots and thermals!”
would suit the Noble though (at Thruxton, left).
Final preparations by
the Rollcentre crew are on-going, before heading to the track near
Sacramento tomorrow (Thursday) – which leaves a day of sight
seeing in San Francisco today for someone.
And where does Davy Jones
”We have George Nolte and Davy Jones also driving: Davy has
been helping Greg since he started racing 18 months ago. They have
all driven the Noble already, and really liked it, despite it being
RHD. I am really looking forward to meeting Davy, who has been a
racing 'name' and star for as long as I can remember.”
Le Mans in ’89 was one memorable moment, of course (right).
”We are doing everything
we can to get the car to the finish, including running on Toyo 'road'
tyres rather than slicks, to preserve the transmission. We have
no doubts that even on these tyres, the car will be bloody quick,
it’s just that endurance thing that we really want to focus
”Sunset is around
4.45 and sun up around 7.15,” adds Shorty, so as at Daytona,
there’s going to be a lot of night running.
The race starts at 11.am
on Saturday. Like all good team owners, M. Short’s first job
will be to drive the truck to Thunderhill – which looks to
be a very special facility (with a very good website). Look hard
and you’ll find that Flying Lizard Motorsport is testing there