Saturday, 12 June 2010

2nd at Snetterton Sprint

Snetterton was the final sprint of the 2010 Caterham Academy season where the whole field turned out in glorious sunshine to test the cars to the limit.

Unfortunately I suffered yet more brake problems and my near side rear brake calliper had to be replaced after the practice sessions in the morning. In the afternoon the heavens opened but not before Richard Grimes of Sidelines automotive made yet another long trip to assist in making the brakes reasonable. This however, caused another problem where on my first timed run I locked the newly efficient brakes at the second corner, sending me straight off onto the grass causing me to fail on my first run.

The second run I posted a time that gave me 7th position, however I knew this was not going to be enough to keep a serious position in the championship.

I knew I had to push harder, my performance so far did not give me a benchmark so it was all or nothing. The last run was two seconds faster, which secured second place overall however this obviously was not enough to get 1st place. One of the problems was the way I drove the circuit, it was very Karting Esq. turning in late, staying off the racing line, which apparently was the way to drive the circuit in the wet - but my runs were not aggressive enough!

I don’t want to sound ungrateful for my second place, however this is the third consecutive 2nd place where I now hope that a 1st place is not too far away. If I want to pose a serious challenge to the leader I will need to go one better in the races which start on 4th July at Rockingham. I will be getting tuition at both Brands Hatch on 8th June and Rockingham on 12th June where I hope to find more time on the track to go faster.

I hope to improve this year but there are now many drivers that are capable of winning races. Anyone wishing to attend at Rockingham should let me know beforehand because it is likely to be a great weekend.

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