After a long week working at the Le Mans 24H to say there hadn't been much time to prepare for Round 3 of the Mini Challenge would be an understatement! Testing on Friday would be the first time ever seeing the circuit, so a steep learning curve lay ahead.
Through the test sessions on Friday steady progress was made and the relatively short National Circuit began to make a bit of sense, albeit with a fair amount to find on the time side of things!
Saturday morning the Pro and Am Classes of the Mini Challenge were second out on track for qualifying, overall this went well with lap times becoming increasingly promising over the course of the session. At the chequered flag my regular spot in P7 was found.
Race 1 was the highlight of the weekend, with lap times at their best and only 1.2 seconds behind the leader, a sign that things are heading in the right direction with confidence building every time out in the car. The National Circuit at Silverstone is fast and flowing making for a lot of fun and the odd hairy moment in there for good measure! Crossing the finish line in P6 found us part of the reverse grid flip for Race 2 and a spot in pole position.
Race 2 and Pole Position, I'd love to say it went well but the pressure got to me and I bogged down off the start line allowing the second row to come through into the first corner. From there on it was a case of trying to latch on to the back of the pack and unfortunately despite the great spot on the grid it would be P7 at the end of the race. A big lesson learnt and next time the chance to sit on pole arises I will be sure not to repeat the mistakes made this weekend!
Overall the weekend was very positive and the signs are there that there is a lot more to come making the next round at Oulton Park a very exciting prospect! I will be back with more confidence and better prepared for Round 4.
Thank you to everyone who helped over the weekend;
Huge thanks to Chris Snowdon for all your instruction and help during the test day.
Thank you to Owen, Dan, Sam and Jamie from Chichester College and Kevin, Josh and Phil from Sussex Road and Race.
Thank you to Keith for your advice and support throughout the weekend.
And a huge thank you to Dave and Rich for heading over at super short notice to support, was great to catch up and have you guys cheering me on!!