After yesterday’s good performance, I was keen to follow it up with another good result in today’s race meeting. With the temperature at its highest, it wasn’t going to be an easy task to fulfil. My Timed Practice could be pretty much summed up as a disaster as I was unable to get the one quick lap. The problem occurred when I came across a slower car straight away in the session and to get some clear track I had to drop back wasting 2 of my flying laps. After getting a quick lap in, I had caught the car up again so I tried to overtake him in Hatchets Hairpin. The move itself was successful, but after running slightly wide on the exit, the car swept across the racing line and contact occurred between us. Because of this I had to go into the pit lane where some of my bodywork had been damaged and my right front wheel had been knocked out of line. I managed to get back out on the track for a couple of more laps, but the damage had been done.
The incident itself could have been avoided and it was my fault for expecting the car to take the inside line rather than the racing line that I was on, even though I had nowhere else to go on the track but to keep my line. Because of this I was left down in 17th on the grid and a lot of work to do in the race. After a few repairs and tracking the front wheels, I was ready to compete again.
Off the start line I got a good start but by the first corner I had lost out. The car in the early stages of the race was performing well and I worked my way up through the midfield and was able to pull off an extremely difficult move into the second turn. Unfortunately, I then came across 2 cars that decided to resort to continuous contact through all corners for 2 consecutive laps and it was inevitable an incident was going to happen. When coming through Honda Curve, one of the cars pushed the other sideways and we were all out of shape coming onto the pit straight. I managed to brake to avoid the other cars, but it caused my wheels to lock up and I spun. This left me in last position and for the rest of the race with an over steering car I managed to salvage a few positions, crossing the line in 16th.
It was unlucky that I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but my qualifying position had put me there. The only consolation for me was that the 2 drivers causing me to spin both did not finish the race and that I had carried out come really good overtaking moves during the course of the weekend. Overall the weekend has been mixed as yesterday went superbly, while today luck just wasn’t on my side, but contact and incidents are bound to happen, as after all, it is motor sport.