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Jordan King Blog: Snetterton and Silverstone Prove Frustrating

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Jordan King - Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Jordan King - Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

At Snetterton, practice started out well – straightaway, I was lapping inside the top few and we finished the day placed second; we were happy with that and with the progress we had made with the car.

First qualifying went well, too – I set a really good lap time before the red flags flew, which secured us pole position for race one. We were all happy with that, and it gave us confidence for Q2. Unfortunately, that session wasn't as good – I went out late, which looked initially like it would play into our hands, but a drop in track temperature meant it took longer for the tyres to warm up, so I couldn't get the best out of them and ended up only sixth.

In race one, I made a really good start and over the first few laps I was able to maintain the gap to Alex Lynn behind. Towards the end, I even began to pull away a little, but then with only a few laps remaining, Lynn's exhaust broke, which gave him a lot more power and closed the gap right up again. With just over a lap to go, he went for a silly move that wasn't there and crashed into me.

Following the race, the stewards gave him three points on his licence and a £250 fine, but that didn't give me back what he had taken away from me. I was so disappointed that we didn't get the result we should have done. We were the quickest on the track, and we should have won.

After that, race two was very difficult and I was unable to get past anyone because they just defended whenever I got close. It was frustrating that I couldn't show my true pace, but still a good experience.

Moving on to Silverstone, the one and only test session we had there was good – I ended up second-quickest, which was a timely confidence boost.

In qualifying, though, due to having less track time than the guys who were competing in both Formula Renault UK and the Formula Renault Eurocup over the weekend, it had to be a quick learning process. I don't think we did a bad job, to be honest, as we were second out of the drivers who didn't have that advantage.

In race one, my speed wasn't great, unfortunately, and I got involved in a battle and ended up losing lots of time and a couple of places, so that meant that in the end I finished where I had begun.

The second race started off a lot better. I immediately got up to fourth and was right behind the top three, but then someone had a look up the inside of me. I gave them room, but that also meant I went wide onto the marbles and dropped down to last place. I came back through again to eighth – right on the tail of the group of drivers fighting over fifth – and my speed was good, but it was just a shame about the end result, because we definitely had the pace to have finished on the podium.

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