This latest edition of my blog for The Checkered Flag comes to you from on board a flight from Hong Kong to Singapore after a busy few weeks.
We headed to Guangdong confident that we would be able to come away with some victories and testing showed that we had the pace to do it. The Guangdong International Circuit is a relatively short, but flowing circuit which only has 7 ‘real’ corners. Regardless of the short length, we found ourselves in a strong position 0.3s clear of the field on the Thursday test. Our qualifying fuel strategy wasn’t good enough however and while the field completed 24 laps in the session, we did 12. The way that the tyres were working and the nature of the circuit (high speed braking zones) meant that the times were coming later in the session, so even though I took provisional pole by 2 tenths of a second, this got beaten while we were sitting in the pit lane.
Never mind, I thought, because our pace was strong and I was sure we would still manage it. Unfortunately, over the 3 races that weekend, I was hit a total of 3 times – once while overtaking for the lead, and once having made a great start from pole position, and once while coming back through the field. As you can imagine, I was not best pleased and am now 20 points behind in the championship with 2 rounds to go – but it is all to play for! You will be able to watch the video review of the weekend (with backing music from Britney Spears… Hit me baby one more time!) next week as I have not had the time to make it yet! We head to Malaysia in November and December for the last rounds of the championship and I am sure it is a circuit which will suit us perfectly, as it really separates the men from the boys!
I came back to Hong Kong on Sunday evening and it was great to spend some time with my parents who had come over to visit me. Kerry, my girlfriend, and I showed them around Hong Kong and Macau – I think they had a great time. We managed to do a lap of the Macau circuit in a taxi which has to be a highlight for all of us – my parents have seen me do hundreds of laps around the circuit on the simulator at Let’s Race in Gatwick! It really was quite a sight and I can’t wait to race there in Formula 3 next year.
Just before flying to Singapore I had a couple of meetings, one of which was 6.30am this morning which I had to leave early to catch this flight! Thankfully it has given me a bit of time to catch up on some work for my sponsors Choctails, Sideways Driving Club and Nearly Friday. The downside is I am typing this like a T-Rex as there is very little leg room here! We land in a couple of hours and I will be sure to keep you posted on how it goes along with some photos!