All action at Silverstone!
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race at the British Grand Prix was crazy and I had a blast. If you looked at my grid position and my finish position which were the same, you’d think I’d had a pretty dull race. That is definitely not the case – it was non-stop drama and action!
There’s only one practice session before qualifying and we couldn’t get a good car set up. It was a new experience as the weather was very hot and the Pirelli rubber on the circuit from the formula cars made the car handle very differently. The established Supercup runners have experience of this, but it was new to us and although we made changes before qualifying and improved the balance it wasn’t enough and the best we could do was 17th on the grid.
We made more changes overnight, and as soon as I drove the car round to the grid for the race on Sunday I knew we could have a good race as the car felt great. The atmosphere was unbelievable. The record crowd of 140,000 fans all around the 3.66 mile track made a wall of colour and sound. All I could see was Union flags everywhere. I felt very honoured to be racing in front of my home crowd.
I had a great start and after two laps I was up to 9th and in a scrap for 8th. Trying to overtake at Stowe I got tapped into a spin and had to start all over again from the back. I had another good run and a few exciting crazy moments whilst overtaking and making up places on the way to finishing 17th with some damage to the car. I definitely did my bit in putting on a show for the fans!
Even though the result wasn’t what we’d hoped for, overall it was a great success as we got the car balance we were looking for, learned a great deal and had a really great race. Without the spin a top 10 finish was definitely in the bag and perhaps we could have made up a few more positions as the car performance was good right to the end of the race.
Huge thanks to Porsche Carrera Cup GB for giving me this awesome opportunity as part of my second scholarship year.
It was great to meet guests being entertained by my primary sponsor Nine Group on Saturday and Sunday. Guests from Zenith, Close Brothers Leasing, Workflow and Whittlebury Hall were also at the Grand Prix and I had many guests come over to the awning to enjoy the sound of the Supercup exhaust which is louder than the one used in Carrera Cup GB. I’m sure the sound of 30 cars racing off the grid must have been awesome!
My next races are at Snetterton on the 8th/9th August. I’ll do another update before the race meeting with the schedule.
All the messages and e-mails have been amazing. Thank you all so much for your support.