The first race weekend where my Father and I thought it would be better sleeping in the trailer than finding a hotel nearby over the Friday night and it wasn’t too bad, well for me anyway as my air bed stayed inflated unlike Dad’s!
Qualifying didn’t go well, despite countless hours of YouTube footage trying to learn the circuit as soon as I got out it was a learning curve and 1 lap in the Safety Car was out. Dan Malloy was OK but the car was a mess and the Safety car stayed out for 5 laps or so. Away we went again and the Yellows were out again and just as I thought I was getting to understand the circuit the chequered flag fell and it was back in to parc ferme with a mere 4 laps of any use during the 15 minutes I had not hooked a good lap up.
Race 1 and I bogged at the start and really was never in the race with the other class D drivers, Martin, John and Paul all got away well and I struggled to keep up let alone start racing. There were spills galore with people going off and waved yellows all through the session, the safety car came out again and it was just not going to be a consistent race. On the last lap my rear tyres went off and that blew the confidence away so I trailed in fourth. The timing sheets show we were all within 2 seconds on our best laps and all lapped at 62Mph so that’s close.
Race 2 and I nearly jump the start and this wrong foots me when the lights go out, but straight into the carnage as Paul Luti goes into the wall at Folly taking a few others out as well and the race is red flagged. After the safety car and restart I start really well cutting through Webber, Bryson and Gil to move ahead only to get completely blinded by the cement dust kicked up by Ray Ferguson’s car in front. I panic and slow right down allowing the others to pass on the outside, what a waste of a goo start. The race is shortened by two minutes but as Colin Robertson’s car takes off the end is in sight and the third session of the day finishes with me in fourth once again – very frustrating.
As we assemble after the race its a half full Parc Ferme showing the casualties of the day.