Pre-Race Saturday and Sunday
The Garages fill up
Late arrivals trickled in and by noon all thirty teams were in the pits carrying out final preparations for the practice sessions to come at the end of the day.
Saturday 12:15 - 13:00 Free Practice Session 1
At the end of the session the five
fastest cars were:
Car 97, Team Fine Print, which was supplied by Frome 2CV Centre, was the only car to drive to the circuit.
Ian James started at Mondello in 1991 and is now a Le Mans driver. He was driving with Andrew Pirt who is in Car 59, Gate A Mation team.
Car 60, Four Oranges and a Lemon was set up by Paul Robertson; it is driven by four 2CV rookies including Gordon Riseley, who is a Le Mans Vintage car driver.
Shaun McLaughlin who is driving in Car 11, Millgate Racing, said that at Mondello in 1999 his car had 13 engine changes (is this a record? Ed.).
Mark, of Car 70 RaceHire.com, reported that Pete Sparrow helped out by timing the engine; on Saturday they were doing 56.2.
Maurice O'Reilly (NZ) of Car 10 Clockwork Orange, came to this meeting after seeing the fun on the 2CVTV website.
Fellow Clockwork Orange driver Steve Pfeifer, was sitting at home in Washington State USA also saw reports of the event on the Internet.
Both Maurice and Steve drive in Spa 24 hour races for touring cars.
Marc, a founder of RaceHire.com, has a 2CV and a Corgi Legend. For £200 RaceHire.com will organise for you to race any vehicle (even a lawn-mower) at any track via their syndicate.
Engines gone so far (14:00 Saturday) Car 10 Clockwork Orange and Car 34 Team Yellow Peril.
Mark, mechanic for Car 70 RaceHire.com, reported that the car caught fire as the result of a backfire. He thinks it is because the team had ticket 13 in the raffle and was in 13th place at the time.
Above: Smoke clearly visible from the fire in Car 70 RaceHire.com.
Sunday 10:45 - 11:15 Free Practice Session 2
26 cars took advantage of a further practice session and it was closely fought with the first four cars within two seconds of each other.
At the end of the session the five fastest cars were:
One of the sponsors of Car 70 is Robin Webb of Vegetarian Shoes, which is based in Brighton Sussex.
Car 42 Turquoise Tortoise was used by the Top Gear team at Snetterton two years ago. It has been restored and has achieved 5th place on the grid.