This is my first meeting at Sheffield in the F1. I’ve raced here in the V8 and loved it but I know it’ll be very different in the F1 and I know I’ll be coming home with some damage!
I managed to get a really good start in Heat 1 and was first out of the yellow tops for a couple of laps, the car felt good and I was enjoying it. I think I was in around sixth or seventh when a white top spun straight in front of me, I had no where to go and hooked onto him. I managed to get going again and finished the race in ninth place.
Heat 2 wasn’t so good, the blue tops were straight on me and I pretty much went to the back of the grid very quickly. Sheffield is a very very hard track, if you move wide for someone just a little too much you will hit the post and wires! So I was very careful to move out of the way of quicker cars just enough so that I didn’t catch a post. I finished the race but don’t think I got a place.
I went out for the Final and the car felt good, I was really enjoying it! A faster car was coming up behind me and I went to move wide for them, unfortunately I moved a little too wide! The shale dragged me in and my back bumper clipped a post. This tore my back bumper off… this wasn’t due to our welding, it was the bumper which was on the car when we bought it. I got damage to my front bumper too so this ended my race as you aren’t allowed to continue with a bumper hanging off! Oh and it actually bloody hurt too!
I didn’t go out for the National due to the amount of damage for the Final. To be honest I was happy to have gone out for 3 races as I know what Sheffield is like and I thought my car would have been written off in Heat 1!
We’ve got a lot of work to do to fix the damage ready for King’s Lynn on Saturday.
I can’t wait to race again at Sheffield and see how I get on next time!
Thanks for the photos…. Colin Casserley, Paul Tully, Jordan Cooper, James Bowles, Carl Hesketh.