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Aron Smith Blog: A Weekend That I’m Really Proud Of

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Well what can I say?!

It was certainly a weekend that I’ll never forget and I’d like to think it helped to put me on the radar.

The weekend started off with a qualifying session that I could hardly believe. It was one of those sessions where everything went right and the car felt brilliant. I have a thing of not asking where I am until I get back into the pits but this time I knew the lap was very good.. As soon as the team told me that it had put me third I felt like I’d won the championship!! Finally I could get out of the car and feel like I’ve showed everyone what I can do.

Now onto race one and I’m sure everyone will agree it was a completely by the book race with nothing out of the ordinary. Oh wait there was a certain incident that seems to be on everyones mind..

My view on it hasn’t changed from the second it happened, a certain driver was being over defensive and put himself into a vulnerable position. The rule book explains how you can defend your position but the footage shows how his car changes directions three times before trying to hold me on the outside. It got to the point where I had to drive into the gravel or commit to the corner, sometimes people prefer to sit in the gravel and moan rather than to concede a place. Everybody is an equal status in the championship and I don’t think it’s fair that you’ve to tip toe around certain drivers just because they’ve been there longer than you’ve been alive! With regards to the words afterwards I think Dave Bartrum’s latest blogs sums up how everyone feels.

Now enough of a rant and back onto the racing. Race one was incredible and to finish and somewhat disputable fourth was a dream come true. The only sour part was the contact that happened on the last corner on the last lap.. It was a real shame because I would’ve loved to give the team a podium but that’s life, I was still delighted with fourth.

Race two was another great one for me. The extra weight in the car definitely hurt us a little but to finish 6th was another great result and more importantly we made some set up changes that I knew would help once the weight came out of the car.

Race three was another good one. Throughout the opening half of the race I was in 5th but in the battle for 3rd. A few not so gentle taps and the monstrous kerbs finally took its toll on the my car.. The power steering decided to stop working and I can’t stress enough how much the car felt like a tank to get around! I dropped back to 8th but to be honest after the weekend I had I was happy to come away with three really strong top eights.

So there we go, finally a weekend that I’m really proud of. The team did an unreal job and to see how proud every single one of them were makes me even more determined for the rest of the season.


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