It’s 09:50am on Sunday and my thoughts are turning to round 10 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, which begins is exactly 60 minutes time. I qualified in a disappointing 16th position overall and third in the class after what turned out to be a changeable qualifying session the day before.
I was happy to be heading the class in the wet session but missed out on the opportunity of a dry run on slick tyres towards the end, which is the reason for me slipping back down the order.
After suiting up and heading over to the Redline Racing garage to get into the car, I was feeling confident of challenging my two main rivals in ProAm1, Alex Martin and Justin Sherwood. I was starting to feel more confident in the Porsche Carrera GT3 Cup car and as we turned the final corner, we were away for that awesome rolling start. I managed to get great drive over the start/finish line and made up a couple of places to begin my challenge on Martin and Sherwood.
Knockhill is an extremely short circuit, which means that back markers always play a role in the outcome of a race and two-thirds the way through the race I felt as if I was gaining on Sherwood when we came into traffic. I figured this could be my opportunity to get right up close and make my move. However, it didn’t go quite according to plan as I too got caught up in traffic and with it the real opportunity to move up the order was gone.
We ran out of time and laps and I crossed the line in 13th overall and more importantly third in class – the second podium in three races since my return.
After the round 10 success, I was really looking forward to round 11 as I felt we had the speed to challenge the top half of the grid.
For the second time in the day, I managed to get a great start and was on the inside line for turn 1. Ahead, I noticed Ross Wylie on the grass and then spinning towards the pit wall and a gap behind him so I kept my foot flat.
Suddenly, his car – and I’m not entirely sure how – changed direction and it rolled backwards back directly in front of me and my gap was gone! With no where to go I nailed the brake pedal before the inevitable IMPACT…!
That was my race run in just 300 yards and so was the unfortunate Wylie’s who was also just a passenger in the collision. Thankfully everyone was ok, but the lovely Number 3 car is going to need serious TLC before Silverstone in a month’s time.
And that wrapped up the weekend, but that’s racing for you. It was great to be at Knockhill and be part of the great vibe there. It’s always so well attended and while I wanted to put on a good show in the final race there, it wasn’t meant to be. Looking forward to see everyone at Silverstone on 15-17 September!