Round 3: Silverstone, 1st June 2008
This was my first time at Silverstone.
I had been told that it was a fast track, with some unsighted apexes,
and my TOCA practising and YouTube revision hadn't prepared me for
It had been drizzling just before
I went out for the first 10 minute warm up session. The track felt
slippy and I had no idea where I was going! I tried to tuck in behind
two Evo's and follow them to learn the track, and then they both
went off! The short session meant I only managed to get in 3 laps.
I was panicking! Luckily I had managed to book onto one of the public
track sessions in between the warm up and practice sessions, which
meant another 20 minutes out on track and finding my feet. The extra
time really helped, and my confidence was up again.
The car was feeling great during the
practice session. It was quite busy on track, so finding free space
was a challenge, but when did I was confident that I was improving
on my time. I ended the session with a 1:08:336, and 2nd in my group.
The qualifying session didn't go as
well. After a couple of warm up laps the car developed a hesitation/misfire
coming out of Woodcote. I thought I had broken it! I took it easy
for another lap and it seemed to be ok, so started to push it again,
but had the same problem at Woodcote again - fuel surge. Into the
pits to get some more fuel in the car and back out on track. Unfortunately
we didn't get enough fuel into the car and the problem persisted,
meaning that I couldn't get the power down early enough coming out
of Woodcote and along the start/finish straight. I finished with
a 1:09:012, placed 8th in my group and 30th overall.