Race Report – Race 5 + 6

Well after a trip to Bill @ Badger5 to sort my issues out (cars running a lot better now!! Thanks Bill!!) we had a double header weekend.

Race 1 Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRbR_7wYYS4

Race 1 Report

So I qualified 26th, 4th in class with a time of 1:24.900 which was a new PB for me! So I was obviously happy with that but I could feel there was definitely more to come from the car. I got blocked a few times whilst trying to put in a hot lap.

Got blocked a little on the start and going into the first corner there was a bit of an incident ahead so everything slowed and I went to put my foot down and as you hear in the video my clutch just span up, so I lost a few places and I was worried that was game over. A lap later Steve Sutton’s 106 went into the wall at Quarry (you’ll see on the vid) and the safety car was soon out. After the safety car went in I got a good restart and managed to overtake Geoff Wade in his Integra and to my surprise over the next few laps I was catching 2nd in Class, Russell Akers in his Astra. And then to even more of a surprise I managed to overtake him around the outside of Quarry :s so I was 2nd in class where I’ve never been before. I slid past Simon James in his Saxo at Tower and it was then a matter of keeping Russell behind me. I had more power however his braking and cornering is much better than mine. I put in a PB of 1:23.982 (another second off!!) whilst being chased. Unfortunately I left too much room whilst being lapped by Adam Prebble and Russell followed him through with only 2 laps to go :( and he managed to pull a bit of a gap whilst we were being lapped by more cars. At the last corner I had a bit of an incident…I didn’t brake enough and went onto the grass and went across the line sideways :s people thought the car was going to roll due to the way it was hopping but I guess I got lucky there. Overall my best race I think, finished 3rd in Class and 21st overall. With a good position to start for Sunday.

Race 2 Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl-mveY8p7U

Race 2 Report
Got a pretty good start this time but the Leon in front didn’t so had to dodge him! However the Integra seemed to make a great start as usual so slipped past. I managed to get down the inside of Kelly Williams in her Fiesta ST going into Tower and I kept chasing the Integra. I struggled to get past him at first and I could see Russell in the Astra disappearing into the distance. Geoff braked a bit early going into Quarry and took to the inside line to defend his position so I quickly moved to the outside but didn’t get a good drive through and we went side by side into the Esses and had a little knock but I managed to make it stick and passed him. Kelly was right behind me for a few laps and I decided to let her through as I knew she was faster and I wasn’t really racing her but to my surprise I managed to stick with her all the way to the end pretty much. I finished 3rd in Class and 18th overall. I got a new PB of 1:23.407 so over the weekend I’d managed to knock about 2 seconds off by PB!! A great weekend and some good racing. Plus 2 more trophies to add to my other :)

Next on my to do list is a LSD, just need to save some pennies but I think it’ll make quite a big difference!

Jubilee Race Day – 4th June 2012

In Car Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KimLbdFG9dE

After a few running issues I’d decided to replace the HT leads and spark plugs however this didn’t cure the issue so I franticly searched for a coilpack and thankfull Tony Hutchings (Audi TT) had one and brought it with him on the morning of the race, thank you Tony!! However it didn’t cure the issue 🙁 I was only running on 2 cylinders when idle, but thought I’d see how qualifying went anyway. I started to get ready and realised I didn’t have my race boots!!! (they were 40 mins drive away) quick call to my Mum 😀 (who lives 20 mins from my house) and she managed to arrive literally just before we went out as there was a “technical” delay.

Had an ok qualifying, it stayed dry and I managed to qualify 28th overall and 5th in class with a time of 1:26.992 which was just shy of my PB. We had a grid walk before our race where we all line up on the grid and then the public are allowed out on track for half an hour to walk all around the cars and have a look 🙂

So the race…..I got a pretty decent start (can always be better!) and somehow up to 21st at the end of the first lap. I had a few close laps with Russell Akers in his Astra but he’s got brakes the size of my wheels I think, he was outbraking me everywhere and he’s a good second or two a lap quicker than me so the inevitable happened and he passed me. After a few dodgy gear changes, its my first dry race on my dry wheels and tyres so I’m really not used to the ratios, they managed to pull away a bit but I managed to catch back up to them as they were battling. Rob Ballard unfortunately put his Leon into the barrier at Tower and the safety car came out for a few laps. Russ made a mistake going into Quarry and I managed to get past him. A back marker then blocked him out braking me going into Tower. I then messed up Quarry a bit so he got a good drive past me and to be honest that’s where I stayed the rest of the race! I put in a new PB of 1:24.994 on lap 13 which I’m really happy with, especially as its my first dry race on these tyres with the new gearbox ratios. I need another second and a half off that to be competitive really but I’m sure I can make improvements in my driving first!

Had a really good day and some close racing for part of it. Thanks to my brother Jay for helping out and my Mum for driving like a loony to bring me my race boots 🙂 And thanks to all the Marshall’s who make our racing possible! See you on the 16th and 17th June 😀 Hopefully I’ll sort my misfire sooooon!!

Pics to follow!