Notes from the future : I think it was around here that I realised this could get fun. I was comfortable on the circuit, having had a lot of experience there from track days, coaching and stuff (it was the closest to where we lived at the time). I clearly fluffed the start, finished at the back but got the class fastest lap so I must have been doing something right. Not sure if the image is from Brands, but the date is about right.
Brands is my local circuit and I did my ARDS course there, so I was expecting to do OK. My parents had come over from France, so I couldn’t disappoint the crowds.
I qualified just behind Kevan in his class A car, but the car was suffering a mystery mis-fire and I couldn’t figure it out at all. Luckily Mark Field of Jigsaw Racing was on hand to have a look, he suggested a new distributor and to take the car upto his workshop when I had time and he’d have a look over it, I readily agreed.
It was also pointed out between the practice and the race that my windscreen was technically ‘illegal’ (toughened instead of laminated). Heh, oops. I knew I’d forgotten to do something. Mark had a spare 2nd hand one in his shop and offered to fit that when I took the car up.
The race, for me at least, went well. I was starting to get the hang of everything and was feeling a lot more confident on the circuit. Again, Kevan got off to a blinding start and left me catching up (note to self – practice starts) which I was slowly doing before they waved the chequered flag and it was all over. Oh well, I didn’t win, but a Fastest Lap was acceptable. We’ll see how it gets on at Rockingham.