The long summer break after a rather disappointing round at Brands Hatch, where I failed to stand on the podium, is now over and the second half of the season recommenced at Snetterton and the weather left a little to be desired.
Free practice was fairly straight forward and although we did a drive shaft just before the end of FP1 the times we were heading for were almost as quick as we were hoping and knew we had good grounding for FP2 but it wasn’t too be and we ended up slower. A torrential storm came and passed but it was getting late and our qualifying was cancelled, times from FP1 would be starting positions for the first race of the day (P4) and likewise FP2 and race 2 (P5).
Race 1 saw me starting and I got a horrendous start by accidentally selecting semi-neutral in the gearbox on the run up to the line! I managed to capitalise on the APO Ginetta spinning on the first lap but I was stuck behind a Chevron until around lap 5 when the Optimum Ginetta started getting further into the distance. I made light work of it when it came round to it and caught to the back of P3 within two laps. It took me a while to make it past into 2nd place but I had a fantastic battle where I forced the car into a mistake when he tried to get back past me and then span. I had clear track to try and catch the car in front and little did I realise when I handed over to Dominic I was actually leading the race. Dominic drove a solid stint and although he lost a place back and reported a broken driveshaft a lap before the chequered flag, we finished the race and finished 2nd. The car was slightly alight though from the oil dropping out of the driveshaft so it had to be sorted before race 2 and Century did a blistering job to get it ready just in time.
Dom started the second race and we dropped behind by around 25 seconds from some contact that had been made and on both the front and rear of the car we had damage. The changeover was also slightly problematic as I couldn’t get the engine started which added 10 seconds to our time in the pitlane. I worked extremely hard and tried to drive the car right on the edge every single lap to catch as many people as possible but I only managed to catch 4th place and I overtook on the run up to the chequered flag. Only being around 10 seconds off 3rd place at the end was humbling though looking back on the situation when I jumped in the car and I was catching the Aston in front but I didn’t have enough time to get them in my reach. My championship position is much stronger than it was when we entered the circuit gates though so I am happy with how the weekend panned out.
I cannot thank the support from Geometric Manufacturing, CapMedia and Supagard enough and looking forward to Silverstone and the 3 hour race, it will be a very exciting one!