By Jack Mobley
A cool-headed driver managed to get his race car back to the pits despite the fact a fire was raging behind his seat.
Calum Lockie was taking part in the Donington Historic Festival on June 8 when disaster hit his Shelby Daytona Cobra.
Going around the track, the 52-year-old suddenly noticed smoke appearing from behind the driver’s seat and new he had to pass the safety car in front of him regardless of the rules.
In a desperate race to protect his car from being fully destroyed, Calum had to fly back to the pitstop as the flames built larger and hotter directly behind him.
Amazingly, he managed to make it back in time for the pit crew to put out the flames and salvage the majority of his prize and joy.
Calum said: “I knew the fire was in an area of the car with extremely poor access and that without team knowledge, there was great danger the car would burn out.
“Indeed, when I got out of the car the Marshals were doing their bit but the fire was reigniting.
“My team personnel arrived and due to their car specific knowledge went into the cockpit and removed a panel which allowed access to a cavity right beside the fuel tank.
“At this point the Marshals were able to get to the source of the fire and extinguish it ‘without further ado’.
“I was also a little concerned about parking on the grass in case it fuelled the flames further.”
Amazingly, Calum’s car was back in action within a fortnight and was even ready to compete in a race at Magny Cours, France.
Calum said: “The team did an amazing job to repair the car in two weeks.
“We managed to get on pole at Magny Cours and won the race.
“That was our third win from four races, with the Donington fire being the spoiler.”