Rockingham 3 Hour Race Review
All cars were allowed onto the circuit for two green flag laps behind the safety car. Then, as the safety car peeled off into the pits, eager eyes were on Lowe as the red gantry lights went out. No, there was not a raw of thunder or change in speed, but a continued buzz of a 68BHP engine as they passed the start line. The race was on!
Cracking work by Lowe from the off. Within the first lap he was in 6th, in clean air between a small gaggle in front to chase and a rather larger gaggle chasing him. With some 10 minutes into the race, Lowe was secure in position P5 and all was looking good!
Back To The Team Name
Commentator 1: “Plenty of cars still going side by side. I have just seen the car 400, actually um, well running side by side with a, ah…”
Commentator 2: “Was it the 332 by any chance?”
Commentator 1: “I believe so and…”
Commentator 2: “So, that’s TCS Motorsport against ah, Inglorious 332 as we are going to call them.”
Commentator 1: “Oh, yes, yes, yeah.”
Commentator 2: “Yeah. So we, we….”
Commentator 1: “I tell you what, Inglorious went very, very defensive into the Deene curve as well. I am not quite used to a, to seeing cars like a, cars enduring, eerh, cars defending like that in, in an endurance race. But yeah, it was entertaining.”
It is nice however to here the commentators calling it an “inspired name” and part of some “great team names”. Later in the commentary referencing us as the “Inglorious 332”.
First Pit For Driver Change
Second Pit For Driver Change And Fuel
Cox had only been out for some 30 minutes. The safety car was deployed due to a stranded car on the entry to Gracelands. His wisdom was to pit and allow the second of the mandatory three driver changes and refuel. An excellent decision and a quicker driver change. So Lowe is back in the seat for his second stint.
Third And Final Pit For Driver Change
With 20 minutes of the race left, the ‘Inglorious Bastards’ are now P8, behind #420 ‘Caterham Racers’ in P7, #351 ‘GMP Developments’ in P6 and #381 ‘Gala Performance’ in P5. There are a lot of pit lane and on track position changes in the closing half hour, Cox holding P8 for the duration.
Then, as the rain starts to fall with 10 minutes to finish, there is a change. The ‘Inglorious Bastards’ are still P8, but the next three change positions. Car #381 ‘Gala Performance’ is now P7, #420 ‘Caterham Racers’ in P6 and #351 ‘GMP Developments’ in P5.
This position does not change until the final minute, with Cox less than a second behind P7. Within the last half hour of the race, #MissFire and Cox have progressed from P9 to P8 and now just one second behind P7. Then, as the race timer reaches zero we can hear the commentator: