With the body freshly painted in its official colours, new push rods fitted and a thorough check over the engine, we headed up to Santa Pod on Wednesday afternoon. Thursday was Pro test day and the 1st opportunity for Steve to put a few check out passes on the car before Sarah being unleashed in it. Thursday morning was spent giving it the once over and Sarah being towed around the pits to make sure she was comfortable with it all, the only thing left was to get it on the track.
We towed down to the start line just as they stopped for lunch, 20 minutes later, a pep talk on a nice and steady first run and we were on, this was it. Steve pulled round in the left hand lane, I headed towards the lights and gave him the thumbs up as he pulled through the water box and then it was all over.
A slight miss hap as he drove through the water box, saw the left hand tyre grip and the right hand tyre not. The results were devastating and pretty hard to comprehend at the time. The car hit the Armco upright, cutting the front axle clean in half and taking the Armco out of the ground.
Rapid response from the lovely St John’s Ambulance crew and the track crew who I’m sure to this day say to each other here they come stand clear (much appreciated guys), saw us parked up in the shed and utterly devastated, no racing for us this weekend then.