Not long now until the second round of the Porsche Michelin GT3 Cup Challenge and I am so eager to get back behind the wheel this weekend at Sandown Raceway!
Coming away from Adelaide with an over all sixth and qualifying third shocked me a little, but coming into the first round of any series, you don’t know what you’re competition is going to be like or who’s going to be the top runners. Although I surprised myself, it also made sense at the same time – with all the hard work and training I’d been doing, so it was nice to see my hard work pay off.
I had set myself a goal to hopefully get top five or close to – and I achieved that and so I am happy with my start to the season so far. Hopefully we can try and push to get top three and ideally get a few race wins this season and if we can be consistent for the whole year, I think we can have a great year over all.
Going into this weekend at Sandown, it gives me a bit of an idea in terms of what the competition is like and now that I’ve set my pace from what I did in Adelaide, I can go into this round knowing that I’ve been there before, I’ve won races there before, I’m feeling a lot more comfortable and confident with the car and myself too, so I’m hoping I can push even more. My goal is still top five, but I’d certainly like to push hard and focus on top three.
In 2016 I raced with Matt White Motorsport in the Dunlop Series and one of our best results was at Sandown Raceway, finishing up 10th. Looking back to the Formula Ford days I also won my first ever race at this track as well, so I’ve had fairly consistent results at this track, hopefully I can do the same in the Porsche this weekend.
This circuit is really focused on heavy braking, as there are a lot of big straights – so you’re going at quite a heavy speed and therefore braking is certainly one thing to focus on. Another key point to tackling this track is curb height, so how high we take the car over the curb is crucial to bagging a fast lap. Getting good exit runs are also important, otherwise if we don’t get a good exit run coming off the back straight, you’ll get the guys that’ll foot stream and come past you, resulting in a lost position. So I’d say they’re the three main focus points going into this weekend.
I’ve been really focused on continuing my training in prepping for this weekend as well as visiting Josh from Webb Performance on a regular basis. I’ve been doing his program at home as well as going into head quarters and doing sessions there too.
I’ve also been jumping on the simulator at home and cutting laps of Sandown and practicing my starts – as that was the main thing that let me down at Adelaide, so I’ve been really practicing those and trying to get up to speed so that I can hopefully nail them this weekend!
The team at Wall Racing have also helped in providing old footage and data, which has helped massively and given me confidence leading into this round.
I feel like I’ve got a great relationship with Wall Racing – especially after all the test days and now completing our first round together, we’ve certainly gelled together well and gotten to know each other more. I feel so comfortable in being able to tell them what I feel like the car is doing and they’re able to give their feedback and advice about what they think will work best. Having that connection and relationship with the team is massive to me, because without that – it’ll make it very hard as a driver to get anywhere.
We hit the track for the first Practice session Friday 11th May, 11:20am. Keep up to date with all my racing via my Facebook page @ChelseaAngeloRacing and Instagram, @chelz34.
I look forward to hopefully seeing some of you at the track!