This time we were competing in the Bolton Midnight Stages rally at Snetterton. It was our first time there and also the final round of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship. As I forgot to supply any seeding information on the entry form we were starting way down at 36. This could mean traffic, but we just had to hope for the best.
At the start of Special Stage 1, we learned that a previous car had dumped the contents of its gearbox on at turn two. We merged behind a car seeded above us but going slower and immediately found oil at turn one but not turn two. The combination of all three hampered the time on the first lap but we still managed to pull up to 12th overall at the end of that first stage.
From then on we both got stuck in to pull our way up, but it was tough going as we had a rapid top 10 ahead including the championship contenders. On SS5 we had a near spin in the twiddly bit at the back of the circuit; it only cost us four seconds, but that was enough to drop us two places - the competition was that close!
Back in the pit garage, we found the centre exhaust box had split completely in two, the hot exhaust roasting the floorpan directly below the Varley Red Top racing battery. Back at base, the stink turned out to be from a roasted silicon pad on which the battery was sitting. With the floor repainted and the exhaust repaired, McScortface is now fixed and ready for the off again. As usual, I can't wait.
Watch the onboard video here.
Car: Mk2 Ford Escort RS
Run by: Jesse Crosse
Bought: August 2015
Purchase price: N/A
Last month at a glance: Scorty McScortface is smoking at Snetterton
Jesse's new Escort in all its 313hp glory
First run at Castle Combe for the new RS
First competitive outing and the RS is flying
Slithery winter conditions reveal the ferocious side
Choosing tyres for a 300hp Escort. In hail...
For the background on Jesse's 'Yellow Peril', see all the updates here.