Well over 100 TVRs braved the showers to watch some close racing in both the Tuscans and the British GT Championship at Castle Combe this weekend. The Club’s hospitality unit, hauled to the circuit by Richard Wright after its huge success at Le Mans, really came into its own as members took shelter from torrential rain that delayed the start of the second Tuscan race, whilst the Club Office was doing a brisk trade all day in regalia. It was good to have a focus from which to meet old friends and make new ones and it was the prefect venue for Ian Massey-Crosse to display his recently restored 1962 Le Mans Grantura.
After a disappointing Saturday when the Peninsula TVR/JCB T400-R of John Hartshorne and Graeme Mundy was damaged during first qualifying when some debris was thrown up through their oil cooler and they failed to repair the damage in time to make the start and the second T400-R of Nigel Greensall and Jonathan Coleman in the RSR Motorsport colours was black-flagged after 19 laps for being too noisy, it was good to see some close action on Sunday.
The RSR Motorsport car started 4th on the grid, ½ second behind the Mosler of fellow TVRCC member Richard Stanton but by lap 3 had taken the lead and stayed out in front until a safety car incident closed the pack right up and then precious time was lost to the challenging cars in the driver change. The car finished 5th. By contrast, the John Hartshore/Graeme Mundy car started last on the grid having failed to make qualifying owing to the damage sustained the previous day but then positively flew through the field finishing a creditable 7th overall, 1 lap down on the winners, Mike Jordan and Mark Sumpter in their JWR - John Guest/Paragon Porsche 911 GT3-RS.