Silverstone GP Duratec Championship Race – 3rd October 2009 – Patrick Sherrington
Clive had been working really hard on further updates to the MCR for Silverstone and after some good pace at Snetterton, Silverstone would prove if this pace was consistent.
Qualifying – The car felt well balanced and I noticed that against some of the quick cars we were definitely improved on straight line speed which would be vital down the Hangar straight. I focused on finding clear track and once the tyres were up to temperature pushed hard for 2 laps posting 2 times in the 1.57 bracket. This was good enough for third place behind Mike Jenvey and Rick Johnson which was great and proved that our pace at Snetterton was no fluke!
Race – I have been struggling to get the car off the line and was determined not to blow the hard earned 3rd place in quail. Went for an aggressive approach with a lot of revs. Lights out and away……badly!
I dropped down to 8th as we all went into Copse for the first time. Lap 2 into Copse I was lining up Paul Tickner for a pass when I saw him twitch mid corner and start to spin, just as I did myself! I was later to find out that ironically me and about 4 others spun on fluid dropped by Clive in the sister MCR!
I ended up facing the wrong way virtually next to the barrier on the exit, gathered it together and set off trying to catch up. By lap 6 I had caught and passed Jonathon Loader and Nick Bates and was now lying in 6th some 12 seconds behind the 5th place guy. Dad was letting me know the gap and I was sure I could catch up. I was gaining every lap and inherited 5th when Miles Griffiths retired and then 4th when Chris Yardwood spun whilst battling with Rupert Russell. I was desperate to catch Russel for 3rd and was gaining at about a second a lap. Sadly I had run out of time and just when he was getting close enough to have a go at passing the chequered flag appeared. All said it was great to have shown such consistent pace and a great fightback from the spin