Great overall – poor in class

As part of my on-going plan to try and retain the Chelmsford MC Clubmans trophy, I headed off to Brands Hatch on a sunny Thursday evening for one of 7Oaks MC Grass Autotests.

Not having done a grass autotest for a number of years it was interesting to see how 7Oaks run these events at Brands. There were six tests setup and they had a full entry of 45 cars, which was great to see.

The tests were simple, flowing and mostly easy to remember. With the rally car being set-up for Abingdon (tarmac) I opted to use my road car (MGZR) for this event.

Most of the tests went well, apart from one with some reversing, which I messed up on my second run. As happens with these events as the night went on the grass gets removed and the grip levels go up. In hindsight I should have increased my rear tyre pressure to help de-stabilise the rear end easier. It did take a bit of time to get back used to the lack of a ‘diff’, which on the rally car would have helped out a lot. However all the tests were great fun, and it was a great way to spend a sunny Thursday evening.

When the results came out it was a bit of a mixed bag, 10th overall for my first grass autotest for year out of 45 entries is very pleasing. However Class B was very big and full of rally cars and it was all quite tight at the top and I ended up 6th in class, which isn’t that useful for the Chelmsford MC Clubmans championship….

Below is some slightly shakey on-board footage which I filmed on my iPhone to give you a flavour of the event.

Event report – B minus – should try harder / use less revs….

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