Fraser Collins had a race against time to get on to the Historic Formula Ford 2000 grid at Donington.
A visit to the garages at Donington on Saturday morning revealed Fraser Collins’s Lola T580 and Collins’s father John Hayes-Harlow working on the car, but a conspicuous absence of the driver himself.
He arrived with about ten minutes to spare before qualifying, having endured “trial by Covid regulations” to get on the track at all.
“I was on holiday a couple of weeks ago and today was my day five for Test and Release,” he explained on Saturday.
“When Madeira [where he was on holiday] went on to the amber list I thought, oh god, now I’ve got to quarantine. Luckily with the day five Test and Release I could get here.”
He took his test at the earliest possible opportunity, hiring a courier to take the test to the lab in the early hours of the morning to give himself the best chance of being able to race.
It was a tense wait for the results, but they came back negative just in time for Collins to jump in his car with his full kit already on and make the hour-and-a-15 minute journey from his home to Donington.
Once the government red tape was safely snipped, Collins had another slight problem at the circuit itself.
“I couldn’t find my ticket. I had to try to get in, then when I finally did get in, leap in the car. We were running early as well.
“It was worth it through, I qualified well and then led the first few laps of the qualifying race.”
Collins was sixth in the Saturday qualifying race but unfortunately couldn not finish the main race due to contact from behind. A seventh in the Sunday qualifying race led to 16th place in the feature race, with a class win.
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