Mixed feelings from the weekend really. Really pleased that the team managed to get both cars home in all 3 races with no mechanical problems, that is testament to all the hours and hard work they have put in over the past few months to get these cars ready. We've had some issues getting all the proper bits over from SEAT spain and the cars were still having their new engines fitted as a result on Thursday of last week. To then get no problems over the race weekend was brilliant!
What a plonker at the start of the first race though- and what a time to have my first stall!! We were using a new hand brake to help with the slope of the grid at Brands and due to not having time for a shakedown didn't have time to try it out. Matt was worried about getting off the line and the irony was i was trying to say don't worry and give him advice then he got a flyer and i was left sitting there scrabbling for the ignition button!!....IDIOT!!
The handbrake is no excuse but it was pretty foreign to me and when i didn't use it in Race 2 and 3 i got a flyer!
The afternoon could've been so much better if it wasn't for getting fired off at clearways on the opening lap of race 2, i had got away with the leading group and think the car was capable of a top 6 finish which would then have put me right up the front for the 3rd race. I got punted into the gravel and had to drive all the way through and in turn be passed by the whole field, the car as i say felt far better than race 1 and i managed to come back through the field to 11th.
We've definately still got some work to do but we made some improvements over the weekend and most importantly i think we were operationally sound when it came to everyone doing their jobs well. We are on the back of the front pack, but we need to push to the middle of that front group.
GR Asia (ACE) have far more experiance of the car and it showed at Brands as Jones ran well all weekend- we need to find that to move forward and start scoring higher points, i have every confidence in the team that we can do that.
Hope anyone that went at the weekend had a great time!