Thruxton Thriller Saturday

Part 2: Qualifying and The First of the Races.

The first full day of the Thruxton Thriller was greeted with better brighter weather following the greyness of the previous practice day.

Having arrived a little later than expected track action was already well under way with the CSCC special saloons and modsports pushing for their fastest times. Early drama was provided on the approach to the chicane by Baby Bertha, the well know and popular Gerry Marshall Vauxhall, smoke was belching from underneath the car so qualifying for one of the events celebrities was cut short. Thankfully it turned out to only be a minor oil leak which was fixed in time for this legendary car to be back on track during the afternoon races.

The first of seven Saturday races started after lunch with the magnificent sevens for cars based on the Lotus 7 design, close fast racing of the open cockpit type. Of the races that followed the CSCC Tin Tops provided great entertainment in the chicane with good close racing while the shear size and power of the Jaguar saloon and GT championship meant you just could not stop watching them slide gracefully through the Thruxton curves.