Race Diary Silverstone
With our car fully repaired after the massive shunt at the previous Rockingham round, I now looked to Northamptonshire and the world famous Silverstone circuit.
This fast circuit was always going to be a challenge, due to the straight line speed of the Mercedes being our biggest issue. In qualifying, this really affected us, resulting in a poor qualifying position of P20, despite only being 0.4 seconds off the top-five times.
However, our race pace was a lot better and we climbed up to P13, but with a few laps to go, we received a track limits drive-through penalty and rejoined to finish P20, undoing all of the hard work. The track limits regulation was introduced in 2014 and has turned out to be a fairly contentious issue! Competitors are now penalised if they run beyond the outer edge of any kerb (or the white line at the edge of the track where there is no kerb), whereas before they could run all but one wheel beyond the edge of the track without penalty.
For Race 2, we suffered again with the Race 1 struggle for a quick one lap pace which meant that my lap time resulted in me starting on P19 alongside Adam Morgan in his Mercedes. We got a great start making up some places, before being hit into a slide at the end of the lap and losing a handful of places, falling back to P22. However I fought back and finished 13th.
Thus 13th was where we started the final race, although I quickly got through to 10th position and maintained that for the majority of the race, fighting off Tom Ingram and Andrew Jordan. With two laps to go, I was hit wide by Tom and fell back to 11th, before returning the favour at the same corner on the following lap and finishing the race in the top ten. So not a bad result to finish the weekend with!
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