Rockingham was the next round on the calendar and marked the half way point of the championship. We were using a slightly different complex than in the previous years and I was feeling confident after a solid day of testing a few weeks before the race meeting.
We had two hours of free practise on Saturday morning and we discovered that we had a problem with the car but found it hard to pinpoint what it was. Dom and I were both struggling to get comfortable driving the car and I seemed to be locking the rear tyres more than usual so we tried to alter the brake bias but nothing really changed. As is the case usually we were quite far off the pace but so far this season when we put new tyres on and get into a qualifying state of mind we would be on the pace.
In the second hour of free practice we discovered a drive shaft problem which was changed and we were ready to start the 30 minute qualifying session. We had a problem ridden qualifying though and in the whole session we completed about 7 laps because the opposite side driveshaft kept popping out meaning we had to keep returning to the pits. I had a lot of traffic but managed to get in 2 flying laps before swapping Dominic in the car where he had 2 flying laps too. After all the problems and qualifying had finished we discovered we also had a differential issue which meant it needed to be replaced.
We had Sunday's warm up to test the car and it felt good again and I felt confident going into the first 2 hour race of the season. It was important that we got good points from the race and I knew I was going to learn a lot from driving for an hour stint. Dom started the race and we dropped back to last place after a few spins before a safety car came out and I took over for a 65 minute stint. Somehow we were in the lead but this was short lived as we had a stop-go penalty for a shortened pit stop which dropped us back into 2nd place. I suffered another drive shaft related problem 20 minutes from the end and my aim was to finish the race and bring back some good points and another trophy.
I am now lying 2nd in the championship after a string of 4 podiums and I hope I can close on second place with the help of my sponsors CapMedia, Supagard and Geometric Manufacturing who are allowing me to do a few days of testing. The next race is at Brands Hatch in two weeks and will be another 2 hour race.