Qualifying Race: Starting 9th out of 18 meant I was
in with a chance to get into the main race the next day. All
I had to do was hang on to my position or better still improve
It was dry conditions and as the lights went to green we
all charged forward to Paddock Hill - it was clear we all
wanted to get ahead and make sure we made it into the main
Fast and furious for most of the race we kept swopping places
- I made it up to 6th place but on the last lap missed my
turn in point and went off across the grass and dirt coming
into the Cooper straight. This was a blow as it meant I was
overtaken by a couple of others. Try as I might it was impossible
for me to make up any places before I passed the chequered
flag in 8th position.
Main Race : Starting at the back of the grid makes
for a lot of work to do to get ahead - before the race the
weather had become changeable. Because it started to rain
it was decided to change to wet weather tyres. This was to
prove a mistake - but unless you have a crystal ball it is
sometimes impossible to tell.
As swift as the rain had come so it departed leaving a rapidly
drying track. During the green flag lap I could see it was
almost completely dry. I was not alone going out on wets but
those on intermediates had a definite advantage.
By comparison with the qualification race the day before,
the action around me seemed tame - I made a good start making
up a couple of places straight away and then it was a question
of keeping up with those in front.
Try as I might I found it quite hard to catch the likes of
Steve Whiteley and Phil Gillibrand who had made the right
choice and gone out on intermediate tyres. I therefore, had
to be content with coming in 19th. Nevertheless I had bettered
my previous best lap time during the qualification race by