1: Oulton Park, Island Circuit - 26th April 2009
to the Time Attack website, round 1 arrived with a bang
it certainly did for me!
After a day of practice and getting
to grips with the car's new power on the Saturday, I arrived at
the track on the morning of round 1 feeling fairly confident and
ready to race.
The warm up session was short and
dry, and I was happy to finish with 5th place.
The practice session did not bode
so well. It was wet, something that doesn't normally faze me. I
was out first behind the safety car for the two parade laps and
planned on getting in a fast lap straight away once it had gone
back into the pits. The track was slippy with a lot of standing
water. The car just seemed to slip off the circuit coming out of
Cascades (heavy right foot!) and the wet grass sent me careering
towards the tyre wall! I think the photos and videos say it all!
After a quick check over at the medical
centre, Adam had me back to work on the car getting it ready for
the qualifying session. Most of the damage was suffered on the O/S
rear quarter and boot skin. Some delicate touches with a hammer,
liberal duck taping, and help from the Wallace Performance guys
got the car ready to go again!
There were unnoticed problems caused by the crash though, which
included boost pipes blowing off due to them being moved slightly
during the crash. This meant a premature end to the qualifying session
Further problems were encountered
in the final
.the radiator top pipe had been cracked in the
crash and blew the top hose off, spraying coolant all over my windscreen,
and again ending the session early. The laps I did get in managed
to get me a 15th place overall, 9th in class. Not too shabby!
Things can only get better?!?
Fee - Club Class #7