Graves Sets the Pace

The traditional pre-season test day at Gurston Down, nr Salisbury ran on a very chilly Easter Sunday with a good selection of cars & drivers enjoying an early season shakedown.

Terry Graves Gould GR37 Gurston Down

Terry Graves at Gurston Down in 2012 (thanks to Simon McBeath)


Gould GR37 driver Terry Graves set the fastest time of the day with a 29.77s run (the only sub-30s of the day) on a track that was very dusty following a winter of farm traffic running on it.

Launceston driver Graves was one of the few in the paddock who has already taken in a competitive event this year having finished a very strong 2nd in the Run Off at the British Sprint Championship event at Castle Combe last weekend.

Graves, who is taking in a full British Sprint season alongside his hillclimbing in 2013, was delighted with the result at Combe, but it wasn’t without incident… Whilst blasting over Avon Rise at over 160mph, the Cosworth DFR F1-engined Gould suffered from a cracked exhaust and shed it’s engine cover.

The normally immaculate ‘Tipadel/Sureboard’ liveried GR37 looked a little rough & ready in places, but Terry was as enthusiastic as ever about his motorsport and was very grateful to Cornish metalwork wizard Ian Drowne for welding up the exhaust in time for Gurston.

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