4: Cadwell Park - 1st August 2010
Cadwell Park was the
second track of the 2010 season that I had to learn from scratch.
As it was the first time Time Attack had been to Cadwell I knew
there would be a few other competitors in the same position so I
tried not to let it phase me. Unfortunately I didn't get in quick
enough for a space on the trackday the day before and only managed
to squeeze in one hour of practice (intense learning!) at the end
of the day. It is such a long track with so many corners that I
had to make sure I got the hang of it all quickly in the warm up
and practice sessions.
After an amazing Jacuzzi bath and
night sleep in my fancy hotel I was ready for the warm up. I had
new tyres to scrub in and knew to take it easy in the session after
sliding all over the place at Knockhill. I was out behind Gerry
Atkinson in his Audi and ended up completely sideways on approach
to the mountain...I was sure Gordon Wright was going to come flying
into the side of me but luckily I managed to straighten it up in
time. Turns out Gerry had leaked power steering fluid over the track.
My quickest lap was a 1.45.051...not nearly fast enough and time
to push a bit harder.
came around quickly and I knew I needed to pick up the pace. My
first two laps seemed good, a 1.43.225 and a 1.42.141. Getting quicker
but still 1 second off Scott Robson's warm up time. A cool down
lap and then try again. I ended up behind David Coe in his Impreza
and unfortunately the red mist came down and I temporarily forgot
it wasn't a race! I followed him round for a lap and half, and nearly
ran into the back of him on the crest of the mountain, and then
eventually common sense kicked in and I eased off to find some track
space to try to get in another hot lap. I managed a 1.42.989 on
my last lap. Must go faster!
clever minds that run Time Attack decided to split the qualifying
into four groups to help as all try to get some track space to put
in a hot lap or two. I was out in the first session and was hoping
to get behind Scott to try to keep up with his pace. No such luck
though. I think he knew my game and was hiding from me! Someone
in the previous session had spilt oil on the track right from the
pit exit round Coppice and Charlies bends. I knew it wouldn't be
easy to get a fast lap in early. I was pushing harder, maybe a bit
too hard since I had a bit of a moment through hall bends and took
out three of the bollards, one of my carbon canards and an indicator
lense! My fastest time was a 1.41.692, 5th place in qualifying so
a valuable 1 point.
was a long brake in between the qualifying a final session and it
was dragging. Once out on trakc I did a couple of hot laps at the
start but couldn't get quicker than a 1.42. I knew it wasn't good
enough so after a cool down lap went for it again. The lap was feeling
much more composed and my confidence was building (finally). Up
over the mountain...and there was bloody Scott Robson, the bugger!
I managed to squeeze past him through Hall Bends and finished the
lap on a 1.40.821. That was it, time was up and I just hoped for
the best. I went to check the times with Wendy and I was sitting
3rd in class. Great... until I noticed Walter Morris out in the
B group final. I had to keep my fingers crossed that he didn't beat
my time. My luck seemed to be in, up until his last lap...1.40.815.
NOOOOO! Beaten by 0.006s and knocked off the podium!
guess you can't win them all!
Congratulations to Scott (1st Place),
Matthias on your first podium (2nd Place) ...you really were a nutter
all day and it was definitely deserved and Walter (3rd Place)
After Cadwell, Scott has managed to
knock me off first place. I'm not going down without a fight. See
you at Snetterton!
Fee - Club Class #7