The Wiltshire Castle Combe circuit was the host for the opening round of the inaugural Tiedeman Trophy Championship (2013 did not have championship status).   Qualifying was held in very wet conditions, a daunting prospect for the novice drivers making their racing debut.

A marshal told me last year, that for the guys and gals in Orange, Quarry corner is the busiest corner in the UK.     Approaching Quarry at high speed, you crest Avon Rise and have to brake for the right hander.    There isn’t much run off, so if you get it right you’re half way to getting a good lap time, get it wrong and you may be towed back to the paddock.

The pic shows Nigel Davers who got it slightly wrong, just kissing the tyre wall but surviving to race later in the day.

The qualifying conditions lent themselves to the slightly softer, more progressive Mono2000 Classic cars, and Robin Dawe would come home with two wins, although chased hard for the wins by Oli Sirrell.  Keith Linforth would take a podium in his first outing in Peter Venn’s Dallara, all the more remarkable considering he started from the back of the grid.

The next round of the Tiedeman Trophy is held on the Snetterton 200 circuit ( a first for Mono ) in just under two weeks time.


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