I am over the moon with my weekend at Ipswich!! To have finished the weekend in third over all was just incredible!
Saturday’s qualifying saw me finish in sixth position ahead of the big 40-lap race. I haven’t done an endurance race since two years ago, when I was racing in the development series (DVS), so it was good to do another endurance type race.
Our strategy going into the longer race was to make sure that in particular, the car was quick towards the middle and the end of the race. While it’s important to have a quick car at the start – we knew we wanted to be in it with a strong car battling it out until the end. The car really started to come good 6-laps into the race and I found a good rhythm, where we fluctuated between fifth and sixth place. Towards the middle of the race, some of the other drivers started making mistakes, which gave me a chance to get up there and start picking up some positions and I managed to bring it home in fourth. It was good clean, racing which made it so enjoyable! The crew at Wall Racing gave me an incredible car and I can’t thank them enough.
Race two and three saw the original 12 lap format, so we had to change the set up of the car to suit the shorter races and incredibly, I crossed the line in third place for both of those races!
Personally for me; I had to work a little bit more on my aggression going into this round, especially in those shorter races. I really made sure I had my elbows out and made it known that that I’m here to race and that I wont back down to anyone. I raced clean throughout the weekend and worked hard in not making too many driver errors or too many small mistakes, which makes a huge difference in terms of positions.
Over all we were quick and competitive all weekend and I’m wrapped with third outright for the round! I’ve been on the podium before, but it was the first time I’ve had the pleasure of spraying champagne and it was so much fun!!
I’m really looking forward to tackling the next round, Winton – where I hope to continue to bring the aggression and confidence as well as my improved race starts.
In the meantime though, it’s back to training and also my sports psychologist – who was a massive help for me heading into this round.
Can’t wait to see you all for round 5 of the Michelin Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge at Winton, August 31 – September 2.