Classic Marathon 2023, Syd Stelvio Day 1
More regularities followed in the afternoon, as the sun beat down upon the roads, no doubt with temperatures rising to uncomfortable levels in some of the cars. This was certainly true for car 8. Nigel Woof (GB) + Sally Woof (GB), the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint suffering fuelling issues in the heat, with the pair needing a tow to get them into the evenings’ final control on time. They made it with a minute to spare, after a tow from 28. Robert Smith (GB) + Richard Stanier (GB), the Alfa suffering the ignominy of being towed by a Volvo, a marque with which it shares a stable back home at Camp Woof, there might be a message in there somewhere.
Still, they made it in, and that’s all that matters as far as the scores are concerned. All arrows point to the same place after all and that place this evening is Portoroz, a gorgeous town on the Adriatic Sea and leading at the end of the first day? Well, that would be the Robertsons, in the plucky little Triumph TR3, the engine note of which is usually preceded on the road by the noise of Julia shouting at Steve, keeping him on the straight and narrow. Today though they were remarkably quiet, things inside the cockpit were calm. Perhaps it was the open top keeping them cooler than everyone else, perhaps they just really like Slovenia, whatever it is they’ve a lead of 9 seconds over 27. Klaus Schaffrath (DE) + Andrew Duerden (GB), in second place in the Alfa Romeo Giulia Super, with the boys in the E-Type a further 18 seconds back in third place.
It is early days though, and there is plenty of rallying still to be done. Tomorrow, we head into Croatia for a bit of a day trip, before returning to Portoroz. Who knows who might be leading the field then.