Well, this Belle Vue was much different from the last, IT IS BOILING HOT and I do not know how I am going to cope in my fire proofs and overalls! However, it was a nice change from the last Belle Vue and I have some decent tan lines on my back.
This was my first meeting from blue so I am excited and a little bit nervous, I know from experience when I was blue in the V8s that it is a very hard grade to go from. But I am very proud of myself to have gotten to blue and I’m excited to show off my new wing!
I was in Heat 2 as Heat 1 was the Whites and Yellows race and I can no longer participate in that. I line up on track on the front row, inside. I got a really good start and kept with the blues for a while, catching and passing some yellow tops. I had a really good race and thoroughly enjoyed it! I finished in 7th place, qualifying for the final. I was extremely happy with seventh as this was my first race from blue and I wasn’t expecting to do that well!
I line up again on the front row inside for Heat 3. On the first bend a blue top hit me into another blue top and we got tangled up, we were tangled for the whole straight, I was trying to get my bumper off his and eventually I did, we both managed to get going again. I think I did a lap and a white top spun me out and climbed over the top of me. I tried very hard to join the race again but the white top’s front bumper was pretty much in my cab 3 inches from my face! I remember touching it, it was that close! They had to stop the race to pull the white top off of me and that was the end of my race unfortunately.
I started again on the front row inside for the Final. I got a really good start and was keeping up with the guys at the front. I think a red top hit me going into turn 1, this sent me into the really wet shale and I hit the fence backwards. I started my car again and was waiting for a space to appear for me to re-join the race for about 6 laps. The yellow flags came out for another car so I re-joined the race on the yellow flags at the back. The rest of the race was really fun and I was having a really good race with some other drivers. I finished the final in 11th which I was very, very happy with, considering that I was in the fence for a few laps!
I started the National at the back of the blues and again I got a good start. Another red top hit me coming into turn 1 and I hit the wet stuff just like I did in the Final, and hit the fence backwards. I was there for a couple of laps before spotting a gap to re-join the race. I re-joined and had good speed, I was having good races with everyone and I think I finished in 13th which I was happy with considering I was in the fence for a couple of laps.
I am very pleased with the results at Belle Vue, it was my first meeting from blue and I wasn’t expecting to get such good places!
I just want to say that the staff at Belle Vue, they did an awesome job of keeping the track nice and wet on such a hot day and it not getting too dusty, so my hats off to you!
I also want to say a massive thank you to all of the team who helped us all out during the meeting – Sean, Binsi, Lee, Rus, James and Norm.
I am very excited to be racing at Skegness double header next weekend!
Thanks to Dave Pyke, Colin Casserley, James Bowles, and Dave Murray for the photos.