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August 2003 Sizewell Slalom Autotest
31 August 2003 by Kerry
minis The third autotest of the year, back at Sizewell again, although this time it was another forwards-only slalom event. I had a bit of an oil leak, which later turned out to be from the rocker cover gasket, but managed to complete the event, unlike quite a few others, who ended up retiring for various reasons. This meant that with Richard Pearson winning fastest time of the day in his red Mini (as usual), I was technically the winner of class A/B, being the only other Mini still running at the end! In reality though, I didn't do particularly well, coming fifth again out of nine finishers and a starting field of 16.

The star car of the day was Richard Miles's R1-powered Sylva Striker, which is amazingly quick, thanks to the bike engine and only weighing 380kg. He finished second overall, and would have had a chance of beating the other Richard (actually one of the other Richards), if it hadn't been for having to make a few detours to compensate for not having a reverse gear.

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A crowd round Richard's Striker
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