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GP Week : Issue 123
season the following year. Ayrton had to be the fastest in every session. Couldn’t help himself. There’d be new tyres going on all over the place and he’d be hell bent on being fastest. TF, meantime, would go through his routine, back-to-backing, not quite as fast as the intense youngster – until it mattered. Then he’d bolt together the hot set-up and hey presto, three-tenths quicker than Senna. The youngster would be distraught ... but it was probably one of his best early lessons. We went testing a few weeks before the British Championship and it started to rain. I thought we’d call it a day. None of it. We flogged around in the wet all bloody afternoon, trying some quite bizarre, non- conventional wet set-ups, just for the sake of it. In the end we had a wet track rocket. Wouldn’t you know it, come British champs weekend, he won pole through the dry heats and, as the single-race final loomed, it started to rain. On went the odd-ball wet set-up ... he won by so far it was embarrassing. As the all-important World Championships approached, we went through the routine, going down to Le Mans (the kart track nestles alongside the MotoGP track) to test some chassis stuff a few weeks earlier. Then, a first. Terry went down to Parma in Italy to do some serious on-track engine testing with DAP. It was just engines, so he’d use borrowed DAP chassis equipment and so, for the first time, I didn’t go. The day after he got back he wandered into Zip’s, looking a bit quizzical: Nivelles, 1973. Fullerton (20) and arch-rival Goldstein (1) head a talent- packed grid in one of the World Championship deciders – Prost, De Cesaris and Patrese were among the also- rans back in the pack. Victorious (right) . Back at Nivelles, 1980, and Fullerton is again on top, racing away from eventual winner Petr de Bruyn. Fullerton’s engine failed when he was in cruise mode ... Senna is out of the picture, but pushed through for second. Photo: John Pudney F1 FEATURE >> 33