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Brands Hatch Indy 2022 Race Report

After a difficult time at Donington Park, with technical issues, we took the cars back to our workshop in Scotland where solid improvements have been made.

 

 

On Saturday morning at Brands Hatch in Kent we were able to see what progress we had made with the cars, and with the weather warm and sunny, they were ideal conditions to measure our progress. This is a circuit that I really enjoy and was a good opportunity for team-mate Dexter Patterson to learn more about the car as well as the circuit.

 

On the morning's practice sessions, the cars were very much improved. I started the session in 2nd and then as things settled down, was consistently 4th throughout.

 


Qualifying:

Fairly happy with the car set up after we went back to the settings from Free Practice1 which worked quite well. However, in the last ten minutes, on new tyres, and really building up to my best times, I was baulked twice at Clearways by the Honda of Jason Plato. Therefore Dexter qualified a few places in front of me! In the end it was frustrating and I was confident of more to come, but well done to Dexter!

 

Race 1:

Grey and rain: the Porsche race that was underway at the time had to be red flagged so that they could switch to wet tyres. We were left with the old decision: wet or dry tyres? We went with the wet option for safety as it was very wet in places. And indeed I got an excellent start up into 14th from 20thon the first lap. As the race wore on, the wets started to lose against the slick-tyred cars and we were under pressure from some of those around us. On the last two laps I had lost nearly all of the tyres’ grip and came home in 22nd.It was a big learning curve for us as it was the first time with the new car and set-up in the wet.



Race 2:

The rain was still falling and everyone was on wet tyres as they assembled on the grid for the second race. We had high hopes of gaining places in the race with both Dexter and myself confident in the wet. However, little did we know….

 

Both our cars excellent starts until all hell broke loose. Further up the grid a driver swerved across the track into another car. They collected one of the BMWs and the concertina-effect started. Unsighted, I ran into the back of the car ahead, causing the bonnet of my Infiniti to come up in front of the windscreen.

 


Dexter was less lucky as he was collected by a spinning car damaging the front of the car and forcing him to retire from the race. I was able to get my car back to the pits where we got the bonnet re-attached and then re-joined the race a few laps down, immediately recording a fastest lap time.

 


Race 3:

With Dexter starting in 26th and Myself in 24th, we must give massive respect to the team who were able to repair both cars and get them out for this race. After the damage in Race 2 this was a really fantastic performance and they are certainly stars for the effort.



On the grid, the rain got worse and it was very wet indeed. But I managed to gain two places by lap 2. Things were quite processional at the front, but I was really on it in the wet conditions, and finished in 15th place, a gain of 9places on starting position.

 

Looking forward to the next round now where we head to Thruxton in two weeks’ .


17 May 2022