The sun greeted us at Silverstone for our first day at Silverstone Classic in Northamptonshire. We arrived early on Thursday morning for the test day in order to fine-tune the MGB Roadster to suit the very demanding Silverstone Historic Grand Prix circuit.
The MGB would be running in two races over the four-day event; The Jet Battle of Britain and the Pre 66 GT Car race. Timothy Mahapatra would be competing in the 20 minute Jet Battle of Britain race but would be joined by DK Engineering's Harvey Stanley for the one hour Pre 66 race.
After basking in the sunshine for Thursday's testing, Friday saw a month's worth of rainfall in one day. The track was saturated and deemed dangerous by officials which meant both qualifying sessions would be behind the safety car. The qualifying results were pulled from a hat, meaning Tim and Harvey would be starting the race in the mix of AC Cobras and E-Type Jaguars.
Saturday saw the weather turn for the better, which was a relief for spectators and competitors alike. Once the car was checked over and fuelled, it was ready for Tim to jump in to start the Jet Battle of Britain race. Having recently just finished six races, Tim was fairly new to motor racing but drove a great race, dicing with more experienced drivers and faster cars. As dusk fell on Silverstone, the evening entertainment began with Paul Young and Status Quo playing on the main stage, but instead of watching the acts, it was our cue to grid up ready for the Pre 66 GT race which had an impressive 57 cars starting.
Tim started the race and weaved his way through the fast-moving pack, lying in 44th place when he handed the car over to Harvey. A slick, well-practised driver change meant that Harvey gained two places before leaving the pits. Forty-five minutes in, the car was up to 35th place. On the penultimate lap, Harvey made an unscheduled pit stop with a mechanical issue, which was quickly found to be a faulty rotor arm. A new one was promptly fitted for the last lap and Tim and Harvey finished a commendable 41st.
This was AutoRevive London's first time running a car at Silverstone Classic and we were proud to be part of such a prestigious event. David Gardner; AutoRevive London's Managing Director commented "I had a great weekend at Silverstone Classic, and really enjoyed running the MGB Roadster for Tim and Harvey. A particular highlight of the event for me was hearing all the old Formula One cars firing up ready for their race; it put a real tingle down my spine knowing so many of my heroes had driven the cars in period. It was a pleasure to see so many beautifully prepared and cared for classic cars. I can't wait for next year already!".
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