But late to this thread but I also left home at around 6am for a 3.5 hour drive down.. I was surprised to see it was an earlier start but this also meant an early finish.
If the OP had stayed to watch the racing it finished around 2.30pm & there was then the chance to see all the cars close up as the barriers were dismantled before the tide came back in.. I left around 3pm for the same 3.5 hour journey home after a great day,thanks to all involved & see you there again next year