Race Day: The good news was the track had begun to
dry out and there was very definitely a dry line. However,
there was still some greasy patches around especially at Luffield
The green flag lap allowed all of us to check out the track
and decide for ourselves the best line to take at each corner.
To me it seemed a lot better than qualifying.
The start proved interesting as the track was still damp.
As the lights turned to green and I let out the clutch my
rear wheels started to spin - too many revs on a greasy track.
Although a slightly slower start than I would have liked I
still managed to make up a place and continued on around Copse
and onto Maggotts with no problems. Through Maggotts and down
the Club Straight I managed to get past another. Down into
2nd for Brooklands which I deliberately took a little wider
than normal because of the greasy surface. I turned into Brooklands
and continued on to Luffield - all seemed well. I was with
the pack and having no problems when suddenly without warning
the back end went and round I went spinning out of control
I couldn't believe it by the time I had recovered there was
the back marker just passing me. I was not a happy bunny -
the red mist came down and I set off in hot pursuit. Over
the next few laps I caught up with and past nine mini's. I
was back at Luffield moving through a pack of half a dozen
cars and could see my way to passing at least one more when
the car on my outside and slightly behind lost control. He
went sideways hitting me in the front wheel and side panel.
That put me sideways with my rear wheels on the grass at Luffield.
I thought - it cann't get any worse. My back wheel was throwing
up mud as it dug through the grassy edge and my front wheels
were tracking sideways as they tried to pull me through the
corner. I just kept my foot in and somehow managed to pull
the car straight and continued on. By this time I had lost
two of the positions I had just made up. It was not my day!
There was one lap left to go and try as I might I could not
get past the culprit who had nearly had me off. I had to be
content with finishing 16th.
Afterwards in the paddock I checked my car and could only
find superficial bodywork damage. My front wheel had a broad
stripe of white paint from the other car - other than that
I couldn't see much damage. I am sure my team will give me
a full report later in the week. The other driver was not
so lucky - his driver's side door was pushed in and the door
sill had a nice 'V' shaped indentation! Some of the body work
looked a bit side too. Shame - but that's racing……….
As for me I bettered my lap times by 8 secs - my best lap
time of the race was 1 min 19:46 secs. Part of this was due
to the better track conditions but a good deal was due to
my temper. Perhaps I should get mad more often………….
Next weekend it is back to Snetterton on Sunday - and hopefully
a much better outcome.