I got a good start in Heat 1 and the car felt really good, the track was heavily watered which caused for some great racing and battles! I was well in the places when a lower grader drove into the side of me and climbed all over the front of my car, this ripped my shocker off and ripped my front inside brake pipe out. I tried to carry on, not realising what damage I had, however I soon had to pull into the infield as I had no brakes.
We just managed to fix my car ready for the Consolation so thanks team!
The Consolation was great! I got a really good start and a few laps in I was in third place. I was keeping with the top 2 and knew that I was going well. There was a yellow flag and by that point I was in about fifth. When the race carried on only a couple of cars passed me so I finished in seventh which was very pleased with!
I didn’t last very long in the Final at all! I think I only did maybe two or three laps when I got put into the fence down the straight. My car cut out and wouldn’t start up again. Because I was down the straight in quite a dangerous place, the race was stopped so that I could pull into the middle.
When I got back into the pits, my car still wouldn’t fire up. I was annoyed because me, Karl and Dan, well mostly Karl and Dan, put a lot of effort during the week into re-wiring my car and putting an alternator on so that it would stop cutting out and would fire up straight away. Dad had a look and it turned out that the battery had actually died! We put a new battery on and it started straight away. Hopefully that will be the end of my car cutting out now!
The National was probably the most chaotic race I have ever been in! I didn’t get a place but I did finish, which I was pleased with considering how many times everyone got tangled and put into the fence. However, I was well on the pace. I was behind the leader Dan Johnson on the re-start, I was a lap down, and when he set off from the rolling lap I set off and second place couldn’t catch me. I did pull out of the way for everyone once they caught me as I was a lap down and didn’t want to mess anyone up.
When I got back to the pits I had a lot of people compliment me on how well I drove in the National which is always nice and always boosts your confidence!
Now for Buxton new week… tarmac again!
Thanks Jordan Cooper and Paul Greenwood for the photos.