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RE: SRC Porsche 914 Six-Hour Race at Nascot Wood 9
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Well, that was a very enjoyable and successful event at Nascot Wood. Most of the twenty-four racers there yesterday race regularly - or at least occasionally - on the club's superb Ninco track...

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Although three of our four-man team were Nascot Wood rookies, the event started very well for Team Brumos. Our car scored 29 out of a possible 30 points in the Concours d'Elegance and Mike picked up the first trophy of the day...

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The Concours results also meant extra laps in the race - we would have ten laps added to our final score, the Veterans would have eight, Exiles six, The Outsiders four and Gas Monkey two. West London would have no bonus. So, on the start line, Team Brumos were already in the lead...

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The racing was fantastic and the SRC Porsches really nice to drive. For much of the first hour, the gaps between the cars were counted in seconds rather than laps. That did change when the rookies from Worthing got on track. Our local hotshot Martin had suggested we shared out each hour to give us all time and experience on every lane. Martin would start the hour, be comfortably in the top three and set fastest lap after fastest lap. Inevitably, he would close the gap on the teams we were chasing  - and then the rest of us would try our hardest to limit any losses. Starting on a gutter lane, we handed the leaders Gas Monkeys (in the green car) a 36-lap head start after an hour...

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Gas Monkeys were in quite a battle with West London at the front - and we were in a battle with The Outsiders for fifth. In the third hour, The Outsiders had car problems and dropped back. Gas Monkey were the other car to have a few gremlins, dropping back to third, with West London (in the blue car) pulling out a gap of sixteen laps over the Exiles (yellow car) in second. We sat 31 laps behind the Veterans...

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The midfield was highly competitive - the Exiles, Gas Monkeys and the Veterans kept swapping places. As we passed through the middle lanes, Martin took some big chunks out of our deficit and us three rookie held on or took a couple more laps back. During the fifth hour, we were briefly just 20 laps off second place! Team Brumos ended the penultimate hour 18 laps behind Gas Monkeys in fourth and 23 laps behind Veterans and Exiles who were second and third. However, our final hour on the other gutter lane dropped us back again...

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At the end of the six hours, the Coucours d'Elegance bonus laps were added in. As a result, the Exiles jumped above Gas Monkeys into third - which meant a big step up in SRC prize goodies.

1. West London - 1892 laps
2. The Veterans - 1848 laps
3. The Exiles - 1834 laps
4. Gas Monkeys - 1833 laps
5. Team Brumos - 1804 laps
6. The Outsiders - 1681 laps

West London were deservedly on the top step of the podium after a superb drive through all six lanes...

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And we were pretty happy at Team Brumos - it was a fun day out 'up north' for us south coasters and we learned so much about driving the Nascot Wood track from Martin. I suspect we'll be back before too long. A big thanks to the Nascot Wood team for organising the race, to SRC for everything they did to support the event - and to everyone who took part and created such a welcoming atmosphere. That synergy between a club, a manufacturer and a friendly group of racers is a great advertisement for our hobby.