Silverstone:19th May 2001
Silverstone in Northamptonshire is the current venue of the British Grand Prix, so Silverstone has an aura of importance about it. This race is one of the highlights of the season as its a 30 minute race with a mandatory pit stop for a driver change.
Like many airfields based on airfields, the track is flat which makes it less interesting than those with a bit of gradient. The full Grand Prix Circuit is not used, instead the shorter club circuit is used.
We asked Simon Park, a seasoned Fulvia racer who used to mix it with the Elans on a regular basis in his Fulvia S1 1600HF 'Fanalone' . He now races a single seater in the HSCC, but still has the Fulvia. We thought his views would be interesting. He got a free race as well!
We're still running on our standard-ish engine before the full race spec engine is ready. We are also using a gearbox which is not the most ideal for the straights at Silverstone.
Practise goes well, both drivers having to do some laps, and we end up on the grid 17th out of 20 starters with a best time of 1m 22.146. When we come back to Silverstone for the season finale, we will see what a difference the race engine makes. Our benchmark is Cliff Brindley who did a lap of 1m 18.786 in his Fulvia.
Race - we finish 13th overall, best lap of 1m 20.379 (Brindley 1m 18.400). The brake problems we had earlier in the season have now gone, but we need more power - the new engine should be ready for the next race, although there will be precious little time for testing.
The only minor problem with the car was an anti-roll bar mounting failing - this will be rectified for the next round.
© 2001: Andrew Cliffe www.lanciaracing.co.uk