Andy wins last event of the year and reveals his talent as an author

Published on: 06 Nov 2015

DOWNEND driver Andy Laurence made his way to the last event of the year in his Mygale Egoboost. Unbeaten since switching to the new car in May, he was hoping to keep up the record. The day started early at 05:30 for the journey to Curborough Sprint Track near Lichfield. It had been two years since he last visited the venue and after the fog lifted, Andy struggled to get the hang of the course in the three practice runs of barely over 30 seconds. A myriad of issues with the engine not running in first practice and then pumping oil out didn’t help steady the nerves.
In the afternoon, the lacklustre performance continued and, despite leading the class all day, he finished just 0.04 seconds in the lead. The class win promoted Andy into the class winners’ run-off where all the class winners were pitched against each other in a handicap event.
Amongst the competitors was the reigning British Hillclimb Champion, who had put in two times just 0.02 seconds apart to win his class. Andy finally managed to put a good run together to win the run-off and the Alan Payne Memorial Trophy.
Had the day not turned out well, Andy was well prepared with his new book entitled The Racing Driver’s Little Book of Excuses. It’s a handy book for racing drivers who might be a little off the pace (or off the road). Many of the excuses were provided by Downend-based competitors and it’d make a good stocking-filler for any petrolheads you may know.  The book is stocked at Motaparts in Downend’s Badminton Road.
Phil Oliver in his MX5 will be travelling to Castle Combe Circuit from Downend for Supercar Saturday on October 31. You’ll be able to get three rides around the course with him and his fellow AutoSolo display drivers in exchange for a £10 donation to the Stroke Association. £20 gets you onto the AutoSolo course in your own car where you’ll get expert tuition and a rather large grin.
November is the start of the off-road season and immediately after the silence on Remembrance Sunday, dozens of cars will set off up the steepest muddy inclines you can imagine. The Roy Fedden Sporting Trial is a round of the British Championship and the cars compete over nine hills, attempting (and often failing) each three times. Three weeks later on Sunday November 29, the Allen Classic Trial kicks off from The Bull in Hinton. Around 50 classic cars will tour the hills around Bristol stopping to climb a variety of steep muddy hills.
For all of these events, you can find more information by searching for Bristol Motor Club on Facebook, Twitter or your favourite search engine.  See you there!

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