Winning in Japan!
What an amazing trip to Japan!
Suzuka has always been on my list of circuits I’d love to race at and it didn’t disappoint. This is one of the best tracks in the world.
It wasn’t an easy introduction, as the 45 minute practice and 30 minute qualifying sessions were held in torrential rain and the car was aquaplaning (such a horrible feeling!) as water flowed across the track. If you were watching the F1 practice on TV you’d have seen the track conditions including the paper boats floating down the pit lane! Given the challenge of learning the track in the wet I was very happy to be on pole for Sunday’s race.
The weather changed over the weekend and on Sunday it was a warm sunny day. I put what I’d learned to good use, made sure I got a good start then gradually built a gap, concentrating on driving without making any mistakes. Winning the race and standing on the top step of the podium was fantastic.
Thank you to 911 Service team and their sponsors for this fantastic opportunity. I loved everything about racing in Japan and the motorsport fans are so enthusiastic, even in the rain! I very much hope to be able to return to race there again in the future.
Next stop Mexico! I’ll update with the schedule before the race weekend (27th to 29th October).
Until then, thank you for all the kind messages and support.