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Hectic 4 weeks

It’s been a hectic month for Tilling Motorsport. We’ve had 7 races in 4 weeks.

 

We started art Donnington with two rounds of the Radical challenge and two MSVR GT races. In changeable conditions we had two third places in the Radical races. The MSVR races were interesting – having made a pit stop after scrubbing in some new tyres the session was red flagged before I could set a decent time meant I started 18th on the grid. I worked my way up to 6th before misfire set me back to 11th.  Grid positions for the second race were taken from the finishing positions in the first so I was 11th on the grid. The rain came down just as we formed up on the grid on slicks so the officials delayed the race by 10 mins to allow all to change tyres. I am beginning to really enjoy driving in the rain , it’s a real test of balance between caution and aggression – by the end of the race I was up to 6th place

 

Back to Combe next for the penultimate round of the GT Championship. This was a bit of a Marathon as I travelled back from Hyderabad via Bombay on Friday, raced on Saturday and flew back via Delhi on Sunday. (Monday was a quiet day at work J) I qualified 2nd with Rob in 3rd and on the first start was still is second at the end of lap one. Coming round Camp we were greeted by a track littered with rather used looking Ferraris – such a shame. The race was stopped and on the restart Rob got the drop on me to take second. Despite some close racing at the Esses Rob held on to second place and I took 3rd. Normally a good result but Rob’s second meant the championship gap between him in second and me in third widened to 2 points

 

Next stop was Pembrey for the final Rounds of the Radical Challenge. Although the track was damp for qualifying there was a dry line appearing so I chose to go out on slicks - Big Mistake! I was 9 seconds off the pace and started the first race in 8th place. I made up several positions on the first lap and was going well until I had to take to the grass to avoid a spinning car. I rejoined the circuit and got back underway in last place. A red flag stopped the race and I was able to check out the damage to my car. Not good, the front splitter was missing. On the restart I made up a few places but was having severe handling problems, massive under steer as a result of the front damage. After a couple of laps it was clear that it was not worth carrying on so I retired. This was only our second DNF in over 50 races. The second race took place in pouring rain – lovely!  Started 8th, finished 3rd, A champagne party on the podium JJ was a great way to end the Radical Challenge.

 

Last race of the season is the finale of the Combe GT Championship on 6th October. We are two points behind Rob and could finish 2nd the Championship – I do hope it’s pouring down!