2014 3rd Aug – Round 5 – Pembrey
Thankfully after torrential rain in the morning we were greeted by bright sunshine for the qualifying session at the picturesque circuit of Pembrey. I know the circuit well having raced there a number of times in the Formula Vee days and enjoy the flowing combination of mid to high speed bends.
I was soon down to a good time and was on pole by about a second so came in for some changes. No more time was to be had and if anything it made the car slightly worse so had decided to call it a day and save the tyres for the race. Tom Stoten was second in the Gunn by the end of the session just 0.7 seconds behind.
Pembrey is famous for the very tight first corner hairpin so a good start is vital to maintain the advantage and stay out of trouble! As the lights went out I got a great start and led comfortable into the first corner as the rest of the pack scrabbled for position at the hairpin. I managed to get a decent gap on the first lap and settle down into a rhythm with Tom Stoten in close attendance. Sadly for Tom a wheel broke coming out of the fast Paddock Crossing section and launched him onto the grass – a problem that would continue to haunt him for the rest of the weekend.
I now had a decent lead to Nick Bates in third but the red flags came out so a full restart was needed.
I managed to get a good start again and led into the hairpin from Nick Bates and pulled about a 2 second gap on the first lap. The car was performing really well and once the tyres were up to temperature I broke the lap record on lap 3. The rest of the race was relatively uneventful so it was win number 5 of the year.
Pole, Win, Lap Record