This weekend was different though, I actually got my first taste of Dunlop’s after being allowed to run the Yokohama track tyres for the first 2 rounds. Also Derek, who had joined Luke at Rockingham, was here to continue his battle with now all of us ready for a strong contest.
Practise was dismal. It was my own fault, I hadn’t got the tyre pressures right at all after getting the new set and I won’t tell you what pressures I came in with but my god!
Sunday was a mega busy day but I enjoyed it. Qualifying, it was so close and it was the first time I was spurred on to do that one mega lap. I do know that single point is important for Pole but really I am here to have fun and be safe, consistency in the race is what I want. I do not want an afternoon of getting gravel out of the car like at Silverstone!
Race one never really got going for me, I was really caught out by the spinners at the first corner and found myself with a 3 second gap which just kept on growing. Luke and Derek were so entertaining to watch, revelling in their dicing, hoping that they take each other out. A number of times it was on the cards, particularly loving the 90mph on the grass pass down the old Bentley straight which didn’t quite pay off. Bringing it home was the option, I really lost confidence with my Silverstone spin but this put me right back in the mindset to attack Race 2.
I love changeable conditions and there at turn 2 a waking great black cloud ready to attack, when would it come what would happen! It came too late for me, after another poor start myself and Luke were once again together and I was drawing in as the laps past. The drips on the windscreen didn’t bother me in fact it gave me that extra boost I needed. I was smiling in that helmet. I picked off a second a lap for 3 laps before entering the final turn with an amazing exit, the latest of all turn ins. I breezed past and was on the lookout for Derek. Robinson was cautious at this stage after he pulled out a monster of a gap. More drops of rain, more sliding, here we go! Visibly the gap was coming down, second after second and then the slick shot class d’s came into sight. What I wouldn’t have given for 10 more laps like this. It was too late, race finished and a thought of what might have been. Confident of being a rainmeister of the future!
No trophy and a lot of fun. I’m beginning to love this.