I was staying at my parents’ and Dad asked me to put in an entry for him for the Devizes Autosolo at Kemble (because he knows I’m normally quick at doing entries and it was expected to be popular!). I cheekily said “ok, if I can enter your car too” and he agreed – what a surprise!
With the MG’s engine rebuilt (by Ian Mepham of Performance Automotive) and back in situ, Matt also entered to give the car a shakedown. I hadn’t driven the Clio for many years, and that was on the road never in competition, so it was a short drive from the paddock to the start of the first test not really being sure what to expect.
The Clio handles nicely; the reality is I wouldn’t want it as a road car (it’s not comfortable enough for long journeys), but it’s nimble enough around the tests. I got quicker in it as the day went on and it felt good.
With double driving, and not being particularly gentle on it, there was some tyre wear; but that’s why Dad took spares to ensure he could change them and drive home legally!