Sorry for not writing soon. I’ve had such great results and should have been shouting about them. I must from now on!
This year to date has been amazing and I’m loving every minute. Preparations for the new season started late but went very well. Over the winter I had sold my beloved Orange Caterham Classic (Called Tigger) and had upgraded to a 1.6 Black Sigma Caterham, now christened Roo! With the roll cage painted bright orange I was ready to go! With limited in season testing this year I was keen to learn the car quickly and get to grips with new tyres. The Caterham Graduates first round was at Pembrey and a nice long trek to increase the anticipation. 2 laps into qualifying I managed to knock a relay out of the electrics and the car stopped dead. Luckily I managed to qualify for the race but was to start at the back of the grid for both races. To come away from Pembrey with a double win was amazing and what a way to start the season.
Silverstone was an amazing opportunity to race on the F1 circuit but with no testing prior to qualifying I had my concerns. We had 3 classes sharing the grid, the Supers the fastest with my Sigma 2nd and Classics 3rd. I managed to qualify right in the middle of the faster Super class, 10th. Out qualifying 12 faster cars and with my nearest Sigma competitor starting in 21st! For the rest of the weekend I didn’t see any of my Sigma competitors. I was playing with the big boys in an inferior car. Silverstone was a double win and lap record weekend. 4 out of 4!
The second May bank holiday weekend saw me trying the impossible. Is it possible to go to Monaco to watch the F1 on Sunday afternoon and sign on to race a double header at Oulton Park on Bank Holiday Monday at 7:00am. Yes it is! Monaco was amazing. If you can only go to one GP in your lifetime it has to be Monaco. Amazing! To then return back to England and go racing myself was phenomenal. I won race 1 in the dry with a comfortable 25 second lead, claiming fastest lap and a new lap record. Making it 5 race wins out of 5. Wow! Unfortunately the heavens opened. I played it save to get championship points and finished 2nd in race 2. What a weekend and what a start to the year!
My school karting team had successfully qualified for the British Schools National Final. However I was gutted that it clashed with my own racing, I was at Castle Combe. It was only the second year that I and the school had entered a team. Unfortunately no female racers in the qualifying team. But I did have one girl start the competition and I hope that she will continue next year. Castle Combe race weekend was interesting for me. I woke up Saturday feeling very under the weather. Sore throat, cold and sever fatigue (Probably because I’ve been trying to cram too much in!).
To achieve a double pole and a race win in race 1 and in a wet second race achieve 4th place. I was very happy with. I was also leaving Castle Combe with a car in 1 piece (Several Caterhams badly damaged over the weekend!) and an increased championship lead, with half the season completed already! With Brands, Donington, Cadwell and Spa left. Rock on the rest of it.