Pre Thruxton
02/05/07
Pre Thruxton

Sorry i haven't been in touch since Rockingham- there wasn't much to shout shout about really anyway, it was certainly the worst weekend i've had in 7 years of the BTCC! It really was the weekend from hell, and i don't know how many ladders i walked under the week before but with the luck i had i reckon there might of been window cleaners plunging to their death left, right, and centre!!

After a nasty bout of food poisoning all day on the Friday i then struggled again in qualifying only just getting into the top ten! The first race was going ok, i was sitting in 7th an able to keep both RAC's at bay and was just starting to line up a slowing Ioin Murray when a barrier he clipped at the final chicane flicked up and caught my front splitter, causing damage to my rad and consequent overheating.

An exhaust fire filled the car with smoke for the second race leaving me in the med centre and, after the boys worked their arses off to get the car ready for race 3, the airbox blew off as i fired the car, causing us to not start!

I got out of Rockingham as quickly as i could before i fell over and broke my leg or something!! Hopefully that is a good chunk of the seasons bad luck all in one hit though!

Looking forward to Thruxton where the Toledo's strong engine should feature well. We are still lacking corner exit speed though which we have had some serious looking into as a team and have a better idea of the direction we need to head. Adam Jones with GR's 3 years experiance of the car showed how well it should be performing again in practice at Rock, and we're striving to find that speed- i'm confident it will come and know how hard we're all working to get there.

Predictions wise i would be well chuffed if i could qualify in the top 6, and to get 3 strong points finishes would be superb and a great lift for the team. We then have some testing planned before Croft to further extend our knowledge of the car.

All character building stuff as they say!

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. Gareth . 02/05/07 . 11:44:20 am . Announcements [A] . 70522 views .