Brands Race Day 1

Ready for Qualifying and the track is dry and it looks like its going to stay that way for the day. The car gets through noise testing and performs well on the track I manage to qualify 4th in class out of 8  with a 1:02 so I am happy with that for the cars first run out in anger.

Race 1 and I get off the line poorly letting Paul Bryson and new guy David Heasman through – wheel spinning terribly for some reason. I manage to get past Paul after a few laps of being tucked up behind him then reel in David. After passing David I am full of confidence then coming down Paddock Hill Richard Marsh in his 170 spins in front of me. I am not about to write another car off just yet so I brake hard and Martin Webber passes on the inside and I end up chasing after him.

The car is working well and I feel I can catch him when all of a sudden every time I change gear the clutch starts slipping when changing gear. It gets worse over the final three laps and on the last lap Paul gets back through which is mighty annoying but the car does well other than that. Its not had a new clutch since I started so its probably due one now. I also managed a fastest lap of 1:01 which is a new PB at Brands so happy with that.

Photos 1,2 and 3 by Roger Martin and Photo 4 by Dickon Siddall.

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