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Race 16 – Donington Park with Iain Thornton

We are back.¬†After six weeks the stricken E36 returned home from the bodyshop, and she’d never looked so good. It was remarkable how well such serious damage had been repaired, everything looked straight and fit perfectly. The only downside was that the new paint finish was so good, it made the rest of the car …

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Race 15 – Croft Enduro

“I suppose we did well to get this far..” Trackside photography kindly provided by Mick Palmer of Motor Racing UK Magazine The next round of the Club Enduro Championship took us to Croft, a less well-known circuit 195 miles away near Darlington. I vaguely recalled the layout from playing TOCA 2 in the early 00s, …

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Race 14 – Donington Park Enduro

“It’s getting a bit serious now, isn’t it?!” This is the big one – the opening round of the 2019 Club Enduro Championship. We plan to contest every one of the eight races organised by 750 Motor Club, spanning the biggest circuits in the UK and even further – to the legendary Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. …

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Race 13 – Brands Hatch with Alex Baldwin

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye… After a long winter of work and upgrades on the 328i, the 750 Motor Club’s 2019 racing season finally kicked off at Brands Hatch in April. This first meeting came with a difference – it would mark the debut of Alex Baldwin, shooting the “Dream …

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Races 11 & 12 – The Endurance Debut

Where to even begin with this one?! October brought Snetterton, scene of the finale of our racing season with 750 Motor Club, and our most ambitious meeting yet. Rather than testing a couple of weeks in advance¬† then competing in Roadsports on one day, we booked ourselves a three-day extravaganza: testing on Friday, 45-minute Roadsports …

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Races 9 & 10 – Donington Park

It’s funny how events line up. Two weeks after my 24hr racing debut came my first sprint races! This car and I had only ever done 45-minute races in 750 Motor Club’s Roadsports series, but now we came to Donington Park for a new experience. Neil McDonald of Automac, one of the very few who’ve …

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2CV 24hr 2018 – Snetterton

Where even to begin, writing about an event like the 2CV 24hr race? You may already know how I ended up here, though if not, take a look at the background – which also has some more information on the car and some testing footage. The story now resumes on Thursday 16th August, arriving at …

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Race Eight – Cadwell Park

Cadwell Park is a magical place. I don’t like how far away it is, I don’t like the A46 and I definitely don’t like not having pit garages – but all of the hassle and grumbles fall away the moment you do even one lap around this circuit. It’s just incredible – the best in …

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Race Seven – Rockingham

Ah, Rockingham. You wouldn’t expect an infield circuit pegged inside what’s primarily an oval course to be much good, but actually, I really enjoy the challenge this track offers and the car has always felt happy – and fast! – around here. It has a bit of everything, from awkward off-camber entries to a low-speed, …

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Recurrence Prevention

There’s little doubt that buying a pre-built race car offers far better value, both in terms of cash and the time you need to invest, but I really enjoy competing with a car that I’ve developed and prepared myself. It does, however, mean that the time between races is filled with work to improve it …

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