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Taylor’s Tour…..

Henry Taylor’s day job is running a mortgage broking business in Eastbourne on the south coast of England, when not taking part in the Seat Cupra Championship

The 2005 SEAT Cupra Championship has now ended, following the final showdown last weekend at Brands Hatch. Our first qualifying session was on Saturday but as we set up to do our flying lap the red lights came on. One of the other drivers had crashed and their car was blocking the circuit. This brought an end to the session.

In the second qualifying session the weather tested us by raining on half the circuit and being dry on the other half. These conditions are treacherous as you have a tenth of the grip on one half of the circuit as on the other. I love these conditions and managed to qualify in third position.

Sunday was race day and fifth position in the championship was on everybody’s mind. This would mean 10,000 in prize money and the chance to race in the world finals in Turkey. I managed to get up into third position after two laps in race one. But as I braked for the hairpin the car locked up and ran wide. Some oil had been left from the previous race and I slid wide to drop back to fourth. I managed to get back up to third but the red flags came out for another accident and that ended the race prematurely.

I made another good start in race two and was in second at the first corner. But I was hit from behind and pushed on to the grass. I managed to recover from ninth position to finish fifth.


Cricket tops football in the property stakes

Propertyfinder.coms latest survey of estate agents reveals that properties near football grounds are less popular with home buyers, while those near tennis and cricket grounds attract premium valuations.Famous cricket grounds are estimated to add 3.3% to property prices nearby. While a property close to Lords in London could be worth 2.8%, or 14,500 above the […]

Griffiths’ argument for higher proc fees is woefully thin

From Jeff Sutherland-Kay I suppose I should be flattered that Richard Griffiths has mentioned me twice in his recent scribblings, but his column in Mortgage Strategy on September 26 is just not right. He tries to make the argument that lenders with branch networks use the intermediary channel to subsidise the costs of branch-based lending […]

B&B panel shock rumoured

Bradford & Bingley will reveal its revised lending panel by the end of the year and it is rumoured there will be a shock removal, Mortgage Strategy has learned. In August MS reported the panel could be slashed from 25 lenders to eight after the high street broker’s shake-up at the start of this year […]

Money Partners is admitted to CML and IMLA

Specialist lender Money Partners has announced it has been admitted as a full member of the Council of Mortgage Lenders and the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association.Money Partners was previously an associate member of the CML. Colin Sanders, chief executive officer of Money Partners, says: “As we approach the first anniversary of our launch, Im delighted […]

Certification guide

Guide: how to… certify your pension scheme

Certification is highly complex and surrounded by a minefield of information and auto-enrolment jargon, which can make it very difficult to understand. However, for many employers it is a necessary process that must be executed successfully.


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