Silverstone National

1/6/19

We arrived Thursday evening with a view to testing on the Friday, qualifying Saturday and two races on Sunday.

Friday morning we checked the tracking and a few other bits and pieces on the car before he went on track in the afternoon.

Testing was uneventful and with only being allocated 2 x 30 minute sessions there wasn’t much we could do apart from pressures and damper settings.

As we had qualified in pole for every race he had contested this year, we were reasonably confident we could do the same here, but it wasn’t to be.

SATURDAY

QUALIFYING
Scott was ready for this. He set off and was pretty much leading the field, all but one red car.

Scott hit every apex and looking at his data, never missed an apex nor got a corner wrong.

All these cars have the same engines and gearboxes, sealed by the same person so all drivers have the same opportunity.

I guess we were just out driven as the red car was almost half a second quicker than everyone else.

Scott qualified in 2nd but, due the a 2 place grid penalty carried over from the last meeting, he was starting in P4.

We would just have to see what he could do from there.

SUNDAY

RACE 1
As the lights went out, Scott took off. He was on it. he made up 2 places before the 1st corner but a slight mistake saw him fall back the 5th. He then set to catching the leaders.

By the end of lap 1 he was back into 4th and by lap 3 was in 3rd. Lap 4 saw him in 2nd and he set off after the leader (Remember that pesky cat ?)

He managed to reel him in and managed to finish in 2nd place only 1 second behind the winner. I am starting to dislike red.

RACE 2
As we went to the assembly area the heavens opened. after a short time we were sent back into the pitlane where most changed to a set of scrubbed tyres for the rainy conditions.

Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, we did not have any tyres apart from the ones already bolted to the car (sorry son) so we had to go with what was on the car

Scott started in 2nd place for this one and as the lights went out Scott took off. That pesky cat was at it again ( I like cats now).

By the 1st corner Scott was in the lead and remained there until the flag.

Scotts old Karting Lines came in to play when Lewis Saunders tried to dive up the inside of Scott at Brooklands on nearly every lap and on every lap Scott went wide and got the cut back while Lewis was sliding wide.

It was a brilliant race with the only contact between the 2 of them being when Lewis slid into the side of Scott. No big shakes as there was no damage to either car or driver.

Lewis Saunders and Scott really are the class of the field. In race 2, in wet conditions. the 2 of them were separated by 0.2 seconds and almost 30 seconds ahead of 3rd.

Congratulations must go to Alex Jay Racing for his 1st podium in race 1 and Leonardo Panayiotou for his 1st podium in Race 2. Well done lads.

I would personally like to thank Paul Rice for putting up with us all weekend and doing a fantastic job on the spanners.

It’s on to Knockhill on the 15th and 16th of June for the next rounds

We would like to thank the following without who’s assistance we couldn’t go racing

Team-HARD. Racing
Air Accessories (Sheffield) Ltd
Paul Rice
GoBobby.uk
NGK Spark Plugs
Old Hall Performance
Jim Morris
Amber Valley Fitness Centre
Andy Bennett
Parallax Media
Autobrite Direct LTD
LVS Vehicle Hire

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