And so it proved. It was fine for the first lap, but on the second, the car started blowing oil out of its breathers. So the team will be heading back home to the workshop tonight to create a new breathing system in order to enter the race tomorrow. Joe is pragmatic about the situation: “We’ll try our best tonight and start on the back of the grid tomorrow and if it’s running OK we’ll try to make up as many places as we can.”
Joe has taken a break from racing for a few years, his most recent competition being in GT racing, including an outing at Le Mans. The 500 TRC is quite a different world, and one that he’ll now have to get to grips with in the race. “I was still being a bit ginger with the car today, so it was hard to get a feel for it. It’s the first car I’ve ever raced on drum brakes, so it’s a little scary,” says Joe. The extra 100bhp brought by the V12 (now around 300bhp) will only exacerbate that!
Let’s hope tonight’s efforts in the workshop are fruitful for the team.
Photography by Pete Summers.