Silverstone GP Circuit – 22nd October 2012 – Patrick Sherrington
Qualifying. The car felt strong in quali and I was hopeful of a pole. It seem to be going that way with a strong time but Mike Jenvey put in an amazing lap to take the top spot with me in second. However the poleman sits on the outside at Silverstone so I was still hopeful of a good start.
Race. Red lights out and straight into the lead. I got a good run through Copse and crossed the line about half a second up with Rob Oldershaw in close attendance. Rob’s pace was really strong at the start and he pressed hard braving it out through the mega fast Abbey and into the lead under brakes for Village corner. Rob then led with me second with Mike Jenvey glued to my gearbox. Mike then squeezed past me and set about Rob on lap 5 getting by on the Hanger straight as I watched the show!
I was determined to get back into contention and as Rob and Mike battled through the Village and Loop section I got a great run onto the Wellington straight and closed in on both of them. What happened next has to go down as my most exiting moment in Sports 2000. With backmarkers ahead Rob fired down the inside of Mike into Brooklands, however I had also committed to pass Rob and went down the inside of both Mike and Rob with an on the brakes sideways drift. Great car control by all 3 saw the three of us make it round side by side just millimetres apart with no contact. The fun wasn’t finished yet though as with backmarkers ahead I shot up the inside of one at Luffield with Mike and Rob going round the outside like water round a rock!
We all crossed the line on lap 6 with less than half a second separating the 3 cars. I led for a further 2 laps before Mike squeezed back by before he got held up by a backmarker at Brooklands so I powered round the outside but promptly went wide at Luffield desperately trying to get the front end to bite again. It did and I straightened up and roared alongside Mike. We went side by side through Woodcote whilst also passing a slower car! I finally ran out of road and attached myself to the tail of the Mike crossing the line one tenth apart. Robs challenge gradually faded as his tyres cried enough which gave me enough breathing space to continue the chase to Mike in front. It was close but I just didn’t have enough and finished a fine second just 0.9 seconds behind Mike.
A brilliant race on a superb track with some great action. Congratulations to Mike on securing the 2012 championship. I am still second but it will go down to the wire with Rob Oldershaw sure to be challenging at Brands. No doubt Mike will play the “Alan Prost” numbers game and settle for points at Brands…….I don’t think!