My incident free race at Interlagos, Brazil gave me new confidence to take on the field safely on the 9th February 2013 at the Solitude Rennstecke; a vintage track that hosted only a four F1 races from 1961 to 1964. Of course that didn’t stop us from brushing the leaves off the dusty old track to take to the tarmac in our wonderful old 1974 racing machines. This circuit – because of it’s long length – was indeed a race of endurance where many dropped out due to accidents and mechanical defects. Highlights of the race were: numerous overtakes by me as many threw themselves off the track, as did I at one point, and a top-ten 8th position. The video below with commentary by Jason White covers the events of the whole race with mentions for me at 11:43.
Screen shots from the race with captions here:
F1-S-R (1974) SOLITUDE RENNSTECKE – start mid back of the field from a standing grid with cold tyres as the warm-up lap was vetod.
F1-S-R (1974) SOLITUDE RENNSTECKE – From the back of the field avoiding both of the major incidents was the first task to finish this race.
F1-S-R (1974) SOLITUDE RENNSTECKE – The first incident; Wesley collided with a barrier.
F1-S-R (1974) SOLITUDE RENNSTECKE – Wesley flicks at least a foot in the air from the collision. I’m still cruising up to turn one feeling happy that i managed to keep clear of all the mayhem. — with Jason White, Wesley Rosella and Simon Wattman at Stuttgart Solitude.
F1-S-R (1974) SOLITUDE RENNSTECKE – Mean while at the front of the field the second incident included the championship winner Peter Blom and rival Nicke Severin. Here we see life from behind the famous blue ELF Tyrrell No.4 front wing. — at Stuttgart Solitude.
F1-S-R (1974) SOLITUDE RENNSTECKE – Richard Tol profits from the incidents to take the lead as Peter Blom bravely continues the rest of the lap without a front wing. — at Stuttgart Solitude.
F1-S-R (1974) SOLITUDE RENNSTECKE – Still in one piece and positioned third to last I aim for a steady uneventful race where I put in consistent times and stay on the tarmac. — at Stuttgart Solitude.
F1-S-R (1974) SOLITUDE RENNSTECKE -Managed to overtake Simon Watterman nice and cleanly – Phew! — with Simon Wattman.
F1-S-R (1974) SOLITUDE RENNSTECKE – Launching into the air, Wesley and Jason White battle for position as I calmly follow on. — with Jason White and Wesley Rosella at Stuttgart Solitude.
F1-S-R (1974) SOLITUDE RENNSTECKE – Throughout sector one many, disabled by cold tyres, spun off the track into trees & bushes to give me a healthy little overtake tally. — at Stuttgart Solitude.
F1-S-R (1974) SOLITUDE RENNSTECKE – Unfortunately the fearsome third sector with it’s snake-like meandering corners got the better of me as I took an excursion into the bushes for the first time. Lost my rear wing because of this event so i was forced to take a pit stop early. Luckily i’d filled my fuel tank with enough fuel to take me the whole race so i could stop whenever I wanted to. — with Jason White at Stuttgart Solitude.
F1-S-R (1974) SOLITUDE RENNSTECKE – 52 mins into the race, Jason White and I drive nose to tail just before he – like myself – took an excursion onto the grass. — with Jason White at Stuttgart Solitude.
F1-S-R (1974) SOLITUDE RENNSTECKE – The rest of the race was as the track suggests; a solitude one racing against my own times until the flag was raised on the winner. Over all took a happy 8th position. Good day at the office 🙂 Many thanks to my race sponsor Jagermeister. — at Stuttgart Solitude.