MOTORSPORT: Peter Bramble’s diary

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The MG racer continues his season’s adventures

“We were racing last weekend at Croft near Darlington with the Cockshoot Cup in the final two races of the championship.

The car had been repaired since the damage at Donnington with two old front wings fitted and the bonnet straightened.

We arrived on Friday night and set up camp for Saturday. I had the last practice before lunch and although it was very windy and cold, it was dry. The practice session went well with no problems and I qualified fourth overall and second in class. I had a good start, in fact it was that good I was moving before anybody else had seen the lights go out. I had to finish second in both races to finish second in class and and finish both races fourth or third to finish third in class from my nearest rivals.

“I was overtaken on the second lap and I fell back to third in class. I tried to gain the place back but I was trying too hard and almost hit the pit wall trying to overtake, saved by being hit by another car. I caught up again only to hit the car in front and spin off. I eventually finished ninth overall and fourth in class.

The car was repaired overnight and we were ready to race once again.

I had another great start, this one legal, and was running third overall and second in class the car was running well I was looking in my mirrors for my rival I could not see him but I was still pressing hard when I lost all drive to the wheels, a drive shaft had broken and at the time I thought that I had lost.

As I stood by the car I looked for my rival but he had broken down before me and I had finished ninth in the championship and third in class.

Our next race is the final race of the season in the MG Car Clubs four hour relay race at Snetterton on Sunday 2nd October, with four other drivers from the Cockshoot we will be working together instead of against each other.