British GT Rockingham
Pic Jakob Ebrey
After our excellent result at Brands, we were looking forward to keeping up the momentum at Rockingham. We had made some fundamental changes to the car which were immediately obvious from the first laps on Saturday morning. After working on fine tuning the setup, we finished FP1 in P4 which was a very encouraging start to the weekend. We used most of FP2 for Peter to get used to the new setup and he continued to improve his pace throughout the session. I had a quick run at the very end to make sure all was well before qualifying. The car felt good in qualifying but I didn't quite manage to get the Pirellis up to optimum temperature on my two flying laps - I was P6 in Pro qualifying. We started in P12 on the grid with our combined times. Sunday was bright and sunny and I did one flying lap on full tanks and topped the session - the car felt good and I was looking forward to the race. Peter started and held his position for the majority of the opening 50 minutes of the race before pitting to hand over to me. After a good pitstop by the team I got my head down and was making my way through the traffic. Four laps in, I came across the GT4 class leading Ginetta at the Tarzan Hairpin. I went around the outside of him and was alongside him on the following straight when he turned hard left into me. He had mis-identified the Beechdean car behind him, thought it was me and went left to get out of "my" way. Unfortunately the car was too badly damaged to continue, so it brought an early end to what, until then, had been a very positive weekend. Graham, the Ginetta driver, came over to apologise afterwards, which was appreciated, but I was gutted to have to park it so early. I'm already looking forward to Oulton Park later in the month which will be PFL Motorsport's home race.