MG Midget Challenge

Season roundup 2011 by Rich

After the faultless reliability of 2009 and 2010 this season was slightly disappointing. A 2nd and 3rd early in the season were my only 2 finishes and a broken crank at Thruxton meant I didn't contest the second half of the season at all.

Castle Combe: With the Jack Knight Dogbox out of production we decided to use an alternate box for 2011 so that we could obtain spare parts if needed. Unfortunately the box smashed itself to pieces on the parade lap on its first outing at Castle Combe giving my my first ever DNF.

Oulton Park: With the original dog box back in the car we set off for a damp and slippery Oulton Park. Never having driven there before I was hoping for an incident free practice but with only one lap under my belt the clutch stopped disengaging. In the race I started on wet tyres but the track dried rapidly and the melting rubber left me plodding around out of touch with the rest of the class but having a nice battle with an MGB for a while. In the final reckoning I ended up with 3rd due to breakdowns and mishaps in the damp conditions.

Lydden Hill: With a little trophy in the bag we set off for Lydden Hill with everything crossed for two decent races. The clutch problem at Oulton had turned out to be a fatigue failure of the pedal - fixed by John. I was slightly off the pace in qualifying but had an exciting time getting past Ian Langford in race 1 before a fuel pickup problem gave me another DNF. Race 2 worked out better though and we ended up with 2nd place and fastest lap as I eventually got the hang of the track.

Silverstone: Having missed Sillystone last year, I was at a bit of a disadvatange. The 18 corners were all new to me but Lydden had got my confidence up and I qualified midpack on a damp track. With a very big grid and lots of faster MGB V8s in front, the start was abit of a shambles but we got through the first few corners without incident and I started moving forward through the field. The car was simply awesome on the brakes into the new complex and I was overtaking every lap. However, the gremlins struck again just as I cleared the midpack of class Bs and headed off in pursuit of the next group... broken throttle cable.

Thruxton: Half a lap into practice the crankshaft broke and destroyed the engine. Season over.