Caterham Graduate Racing
Posted 07 September 2018 - 10:24 PM
I was also at Anglesey last weekend...I've only been there once in the VX and never in the Caterham but we decided to make a bit of a holiday of it and booked a holiday cottage with my parents. The key was not to spoil everyone's holiday by chucking the car in the wall!
In practice on Friday I was happy with my times (low 1:17's and dipping into the high 1:16's) and seemed to be on the pace of the MEGA class but 20 minutes ahead of qualifying on Saturday morning it was wet with drizzle in the air. Not my favourite conditions! On went the new tyres I've been saving for just such an occasion and pumped up the pressures a bit.
By the time I'd sat in park perme and we got going, the drizzle had stopped and the track was drying. It's only a 15 minute session and we share the track with the classics which can make it difficult to get a clean lap however I found some space and felt like I'd managed a few good laps even though the tyres were now over inflated and squirming around.
Back into parc ferme and I found out I was on the front row for race 1 in 2nd place - I then found out that I bagged pole position for race 2! BUT the difference between 1st place and 8th place was UNDER 0.5s - it clearly wasn't going to be a race where I would be able to drive away from the pack (it never is in Caterham racing!).
I had a perfect start from the front row and got into the lead through turn 2. Back to 2nd place down the back straight with a bit of slip-streaming but then worked with 1st place man to get a break from the pack. A spin behind helped us make the break.
After 5 minutes I was in a comfortable 2nd place, 0.5s behind 1st place and feeling comfortable with the pace. Rather than risk losing my 2nd place by fighting for the lead I took the steady approach to bring it home in 2nd for my best finish ever!
Race 2 was on sunday afternoon and once again it was drizzling just before we were due out - just what I wanted for my first pole start. However, the rain stopped and the start was delayed so by the time we got out the track was dry!
I lead the green flag lap for the first time and lined up on pole position. Lights out and I made an OK start but lost the lead into turn 2. I was so focused on the car in front of me that I was in the wrong gear and lost another 2 places, over the course of the next few laps I dropped and gained places getting as far down as 6th at one point but fought back to a podium finish in P3. I've added some comments into the video so will let you watch the footage..
I really, really enjoyed the racing in race 2 and was over the moon to get both a double podium and my first pole position - I just need to find the top step in the race now!
Here's highlights of race 2:
Edited by Captain Vimes, 07 September 2018 - 10:25 PM.
Posted 07 September 2018 - 11:52 PM
Watched your race live and saw you were swapping and changing although it only updates crossing the line.
Posted 08 September 2018 - 10:59 PM
Thanks Mark, Mega's are definitely the best class for good clean, close racing
Edited by Captain Vimes, 08 September 2018 - 11:04 PM.
Posted 08 September 2018 - 11:36 PM
Right, I've been trying to figure out how to get pictures to work with Flickr, think I've figured it out so here's a couple of pics from the weekend:
Action shot on the way to 2nd place:
Trophy collection from the weekend:
After a successful weekend the championship has opened up nicely.... I've been 3rd in the championship for a while now based on total points but the final championship positions exclude your worst 3 results. On the amended basis I'm 5th but the gap to 4th and 3rd are now within reach (1 and 4 points away resp.).
The final race is at Spa, which is a circuit I've always wanted to drive but have never been to unfortunately every driver ahead of me in the championship has raced there previously so the chances of me taking enough points from them is pretty remote. Still, you never know!
Edited by Captain Vimes, 08 September 2018 - 11:41 PM.
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