Success from Silverstone to Sepang
August 29, 2023
The Silverstone Festival took place over the weekend. Phil Bullen-Brown "disappeared into the distance" for a dominant class victory in the Masters Historic Racing Trophy for Transatlantic Pre '66 Touring Cars.
Further afield, Iain Mackenzie continued his string of success in his 1380cc Swiftune powered Mini at the Sepang F1 circuit, racing in the Malaysia Championship Series.
"Fantastic weekend despite the depleted grid. Fridays practice session was not encouraging. Aggressive and unpredictable oversteer made for an uncomfortable but interesting ride. Lap times were high 2:40’s. After consultation with Nick Swift and input from my friends at Craft Bamboo Racing we got the car on the setup pads and spent a healthy 7 hours making adjustments. Qualifying Saturday lunchtime was night and day in terms of predictability. Laps times tumbled 3+ seconds despite a ‘damp’ but drying track. Race 1 was an evening race after the Porsche’, Lambo’s and SLR’s had had their fun. Another second off my lap time so we are now low 2:40’s.
A good nights sleep and some polish and it was time for race 2. This time track conditions were completely different. I had hoped for rain but it was wall to wall sunshine and 34 degrees C! Track temperatures were off the charts. The start was the highlight of the race, in the 600 m sprint to turn 1 I was second only to a very hot Caterham Superlight having out-dragged a Toyota and BMW M3"