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Fosters Law Racing are gearing-up for the TOYO Tires Jaguar Saloon & GT Championship 26 September
Brands Hatch is one of the greatest motor racing circuits in the country - without doubt. It’s handy that it’s also fairly local to us meaning that both Greg and I have had the opportunity to drive it in wet conditions before - which helped enormously at the weekend! I was very much a weekend of “two halves” - our guests on Saturday enjoyed glorious sunshine, while those coming on Sunday ended up “slightly damp”! As for the racing... qualifying on Saturday went well for both of us, Greg’s times improving throughout the session and me finishing in a very pleasing 13th position overall. I promised myself that I wouldn’t allow another “Donington” to happen again - where, last season, I qualified really well and then spun off into the gravel on the first lap, effectively ending my race. So, in the first race, in perfect conditions we charged-off and after about 4 laps I was fighting hard in the middle of the main pack - before I spun-off into the gravel at Clearways, effectively ending my race... Aaarrrggghhh! After a few minutes and with the aid of the marshals, I was helped out and carried-on racing, but the other drivers had already gone past me three times behind the safety car, so I was the best part of 4 laps down. I finished a disappointing 18th out of 20, with Greg ahead of me in 17th position an clocking up pleasingly consistent lap times throughout the race. Sunday started-off wet - and I really didn’t improve much at all. In the qualifying rounds and races before us, a large number of cars spun-off, smacked into each other or otherwise retired in very wet and slippery conditions. Multiple spillages of oil and other fluids on the track made this even worse. Brian in the safety car was the busiest driver out there all day! “Come the race, come the man” and all that - but at that point, the heavens truly opened-up and it was almost impossible for any of us to get up to anything like race speed (we were all averaging around 14 seconds slower per lap than on Saturday. Some drivers excelled in those conditions (like Adam Powderham - who clinched his first class win) but most struggled and we had 4 retirements by the end of the race. I heeded Carl Gannon’s advice (don’t try to race - just drive like it’s a road car and watch the others in front fall off the track) and ended up 14th overall, with Greg behind me in 15th (although with almost no grip on his tyres, it’s amazing that he even made it round!). So, to summarize? It’s always great fun, Greg and I are getting more used to our respective cars - and although we were both slightly disappointed with performances over the two days - we’re looking forward to the next weekend at Rockingham in July!
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30-31 May 2015