Once at the top everyone was rewarded with an incredible view into the valley below where a full cloud inversion was putting on quite the show. Fastest on the test was the boys in the Jag, trying to eat away at that lead, trying to claw back time on Crosby and Procter at the top. Any inroads made here though would be in vain, as a missed speed change on the third regularity of the day would cost them dear, perhaps ending any hope of a fightback.
They weren’t the only ones to miss the speed change and battles were happening up and down the field, as the sorting out for class honours began in earnest. In the battle of the Alfas at the top of Class 1, Jayne Wignall and Kevin Savage leapfrogged Nigel Woof and Sally Woof, after the Woofs had tractor trouble, but with just six seconds that is a fight sure to go to the wire.
In Class 2 14. Philip Armstrong (IE) + Peter Rushforth (GB) are fairly well settled in first, but second and third, 27. Klaus Schaffrath (DE) + Andrew Duerden (GB), Alfa Romeo Giulia Super – 1969 and 16. Dick Baines (GB) + Harry Baines (GB), Austin Mini Cooper S – 1965 are tied on time after the Baines managed a great day on the road, finishing in the top five on the day in the mighty mini.
Then there are those that, after coming so far, just want to finish the thing, or continue to improve upon each day. Entrants like David Roberts and Bob Duck, chipping away and improving each day, celebrating every regularity success, however small. People like our Australian pair, Phil and Lyndy Blunden, who would be the first to admit they’ve not had it easy this week, but they are still here, still cracking on and they should be applauded for that.