After qualifying in P14, Race 1 got off to a great start and I had brilliant pace in the car, and would have had a great chance to be within the top 10…
However I then received a 30 second stop-go penalty which immediately put me in last position. The penalty was because on the grid, apparently all four wheels were not on the car with three minutes to go until the start of the race (the three-minute rule). The ideal of this rule is that there can be no last-minute tyre changes. For example, if the team caught a sprinkling of rain and then did a very quick tyre change to wets just before the race started, they would have an unfair advantage.
That’s the theory anyway, and whether or not all four of our wheels were on the car at the three minute mark, we are unsure, but anyway what's done is done. Definitely frustrating though because of the speed we had. However due to people not finishing and catching a couple of cars again, we finished in 23rd in the end.
Race 2 we were starting 23rd and again had a great start. I made a few places before a massive multi-car crash on the back straight that I somehow avoided. There were cars to be removed and debris to be cleaned off the track so the race was red-flagged, and then restarted about half an hour later. On the restart car felt great and I managed to climb up the grid and finish 11th which I felt was a good result.
The final race was also restarted after another multi-car incident on the first lap. Starting at P11, I very quickly worked my way up to 6th at one point and quicker than the cars ahead, but I ended up on the outside of Turkington going onto the back straight who steered me off the track and held me off, which resulted in losing two places. However, finishing P8 was more than we expected after Race 1 and being back in the points and in the top 10 where we should be was great for us and the team. Now onwards to our home event at Knockhill on 13/14 August!
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