3: Brands Hatch - 27th June 2010
Well, the Brands curse
has finally been broken! 3 years, 4 engines and an 11 hour drive
later, I arrived at Brands Hatch racing circuit! Thank god!
Having never been to Brands before,
I decided to do a testing day a couple of days before the main event
to try to learn the track a bit. Come race morning and the first
warm up session, I was still learning! At least the car was still
working, despite a few random small oil drips. The track was hot
and I couldn't seem to pick up the pace. My fastest time was a 55.753.
I knew I would have to go a lot faster to be in with a chance, but
wasn't feeling confident. After a pep talk from Adam from Russia,
and some track tips from Shane Smith (Club Pro competitor) I was
ready to go out for the practice session.
track was getting hotter, as was the driver! My tyres were going
off after just a lap and I was 4 wheel drifting in and out of most
of the corners! I managed a 54.799, placing me 6th overall and 2nd
in class...just behind Scott Robson. I was feeling more confident
and it was time to get the wrecked tyres off and a better set on
for the qualifying session.
Scott and I parked up in the pit lane early to get out on track
first so we could get our hot laps in at the start. Our plan backfired
though, as by the time we got back round to the pit straight, there
were still cars coming out of the pits and straight onto Paddock
Hill bend. I still managed to get a 54.184 on my first hot lap though,
which was a relief. Later in the session I managed to get behind
Steve Linton in his crazy quick Supra and followed him around the
track to get a 54.144. Even better! Scott beat me to first place
with a 53.912, but still 4 points in the bag!
dragged up to the final session. I was ready to get out there and
give it my all, but had to sit patiently until it was eventually
time. I was out first and keen to get my fastest lap in straight
away as I knew the tyres and brakes weren't going to last long in
the heat. I maybe went a bit too gung ho and had a bit of a 'moment'
at Graham Hill Bend. Apologies to Walter who was behind me! The
next lap had to be better...and it was 53.659! My quickest lap of
the day. I did a few cool down laps and attempted another couple
hot laps, but my times were getting slower and my tyres were worse.
Another few cool down laps and into the pits. I knew by that point
that I just was not going to go any faster and decided to call it
a day and hope for the best. Russ (Wallace Performance) sent me
out for another couple of cool down laps as my brakes were smoking
and then I parked it up and kept my fingers crossed that no one
managed to a faster lap in the last few minutes. Thankfully they
didn't and my time was good enough for 2nd place in my class. Well
done Warren Kelly on your 1st place, and Scott Robson on 3rd place,
it was SO close!
I'm so glad I finally made it down to Brands Hatch after all this
time, and it makes it even more worthwhile coming home with a 2nd
place trophy! What an epic weekend!
Fee - Club Class #7
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Thanks to Rich Sams and
John Stewart for the pictures.