It’s been an eventful couple of weeks…
Racing at The Red Bull Ring last weekend then Snetterton the following weekend has kept me busy. It’s been eventful to say the least.
I was so happy to have the opportunity to race with Team75 Bernhard in Porsche Carrera Cup Germany at the Red Bull Ring. We had some persistent problems with the car which compromised practice and qualifying and I really needed the practice laps I missed as I’d never been to the circuit before. I was disappointed to start 22nd on the grid for both races. I finished 13th in the first race but hoped for more in the second race as the problems with the car were fixed overnight and I felt I’d learned a lot in the previous race.
On Sunday it rained and we went to the grid with wet tyres. It looked like the rain had stopped so we gambled on slick tyres. It was a big gamble but I got up to 10th before it absolutely poured down. I had to pit for wet tyres at the worst possible time which put me at the back again. I finished 12th. Just looking at the results you may think it was a poor race, but it was crazy! Timo Bernhard said if we’d made the right call on tyres we would have been on the podium so I felt pretty bad that I had tried to tough it out on slicks for so long which ruined our chance of a great result.
Back to the UK and on to Snetterton, my home circuit and one that I’ve always gone well at. The guys at Team Parker Racing did a great job with the car but I missed out on pole and had to start 2nd for both races. In the first race I got close but never close enough to Cammish ahead of me, so ended up 2nd.
The second race was a rolling start and I held my speed and formation at the front waiting for the red lights to go out to start the race, but the pole sitter and two others jumped the start and we didn’t get called back for a re-start. I was a sitting duck at the start as I got swamped and was lucky to hold onto 4th place by the first corner. I ended a comfortable 4th and the pace was good but so similar to the cars in front I had no opportunity to improve.
After the race there was a meeting with the Clerk of the Course as the rolling start was under investigation, but the video camera was blinded by the sun, so they didn’t have the photographic evidence required to take action. I’m still pretty aggrieved about it to be honest and I believe there’s no place for rolling starts if they are not regulated correctly.
There was a great turnout for Snetterton and it was great to see so many familiar faces and meet many new race fans. In a week’s time I’ll be on my way to Knockhill in Scotland for the next rounds on 22/23 August. It’s a really different and fun small circuit with hills and bumps and lots of flying over kerbs and the fans love it as there’s great viewing and action all around the track. I’m really looking forward to it and I hope to see many of you there.
Thanks as always for the massive support and all your messages, they are very much appreciated.