‘Steady’ is how I would decribe the start of our season this year. After a difficult season last year finishing every race and bringing home the points are a much higher priority. We narrowly missed out on Points at Monza where we were unlucky to be taken out by one of the Black Falcon SLS’s in the opening laps – we finished P11 in class.
Next up was Oulton Park in the British GT Championship, we didn’t race there last year and it’s a circuit Mark and I haven’t driven much but we had a great setup on the car and we were super fast in the races – unfortunately Oulton Park is very difficult to over take and although it was frustrating we settled for points finishes in both races instead of risking a DNF – we finished P6 and a race win was on the cards due to a great strategy from the team – but the race director didn’t like our approach to the pit lane making up a rule that we were dangerous and handed us a drive through penalty – we still ended up P8!
We then moved onto Rockingham for round 3 of the British GT Championship – we were strong there last year so were looking forward to a good result. It was the first 2 hour endurance race and after a great stint from Mark I was able to bring the car home in another great points finishing position – P6. I left a little frustrated as I felt we could have finished at least one or two positions higher, we really had a great car and the team did an excellent job in the pitstops.
Silverstone Blancpain – a race that brings back from great memories from last year finishing second. My first dry laps of the weekend would actually be at the start of the race – monsoon conditions made practice and the start of qualifying very difficult but I made up some places from starting 4th in class on the grid, I handed over to Joe who at the time was the fastest man on track throughout his stint and actually led the race while the pitstops were going on. Mark got in the car and a class win was on the cards until the safety car come out and wiped out our lead to the second place Nissan! We were still very happy to take points for second place and be on the podium for our home race in front of friends and family.
This weekend we look forward to being back at Silverstone for another 3 hour race but this time in the British GT Championship, I will now race AGAINST my Blancpain team mate Joe Osborne who returns to 888 racing in their rapid BMW Z4. Im hoping to take advantage of the extra points on offer for the 3 hour race and hopefully jump up the points table a little. Looking at the weather it could be a weekend of mixed conditions but having already an hour under my belt of seat time around the GP circuit I hope that will give us a slight head start over everyone else. It’s a big grid and I cant wait to get started