Qualifying went well and we even had time for a complete front bodywork and splitter change which lowered the temperatures by about 10C which was welcome on a hot day which was only being intensified by the concrete bowl effect that is Rockingham
P3 on the grid was the result just behind Mike Jenvey and Josh Smith
The start of race 1 was a strange one. Despite getting away well and tucking in behind Josh I had to lift mid corner on the banking due to catching him too quickly and this allowed a couple of Radicals past into the hairpin. This held me up through the tight in field section of Rockingham and to my frustration I could see Josh and Mike drifting away up front.
Head down and start pressing! I wrestled my way by 2 of the Radicals in the infield section over the next laps or so but it took me a couple more to get by the final one round the banking section so back into third.
Pleasingly I wasn’t too far away from the leaders and now in clean air started to catch them quite quickly – breaking the Class A lap record in the process and setting fastest lap of the race!
I was just catching Mike and Josh when to my surprise I saw Mike fly off at the hairpin and into the tyre barriers. It turned out later that this was due to rear brake failure. This promoted me up to second. I continued to pressure Josh but ultimately there was not enough time left in the race to make a serious attempt for the lead so settled for second overall and another Class A win.
Race 2 & 3
Race 2 & 3 saw 2 further second places and Class A wins with a good battle with Josh each time. Race 2 was close until the front tyres cried enough and led to a brief trip to the gravel trap – thankfully no damage other than a seriously dusty car – sorry team!!
Race 3 saw me into the lead at the first corner but Josh got back though into the hairpin making the most of the light nimble Radical on cold tyres. I was right on his tail for most of the race but in the searing temperatures our current enemy overheating crept in. I had to turn down the boost for 2 laps and dropped off Josh and allowed the temps to cool before staging a comeback taking over a second a lap out of him for 2 laps.
Again though there was not enough time left so another strong second and Class A win!