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28
May

Thruxton BTCC Round up

Next up and Thruxton was on the cards, I was a little bit hesitant having never been and not knowing the corners, all I knew was what I heard - “Unbelievably fast circuit, technical, and wears the tyres a lot”

Having not been the best at saving my tyres in previous rounds, it was time to really manage them. After I learned a whole new circuit.

The wise move for the weekend was a track walk. Tony, myself, and the whole RCIB Insurance Racing / Team-HARD. Racing team took the walk. Which was awesome, having all of us on track, talking about the different ways to attack each bend. 

Qualifying went well, having not been on track much at all. We were getting quicker. P21 was where we started. Not to bad in my books but the pace was coming to us.

Race 1 came along quickly, the nerves started to pick up more than they had previously at Brands and Donny, due to the lack of knowledge of the circuit. 

A little bit of drama at the start caused a massive amount of changes to Portions. I ended up with Warren Scott at one point, who came up pretty quick near Church. I didn’t fancy a pass from him on that corner, so I took it a little too hot with worn tyres and a massive slide came on. I managed to correct and get back on track and unfortunately a flat spot meant a trip to the pits and a P24 finish.

Race 2 went much better the car felt like it wanted to be piloted by me, it felt epic. I was pushing it the HARD way to P15. I was delighted with that, after the poor first race antics, and the lack of track experience there.

Race 3 saw our RCIB Insurance Racing Toyota Avensis start P15, which was fantastic, furthest up I had been. Having extremely quick drivers around me, I knew it would be tough to hold that, but a P18 was the best we could manage. 

Happy with second overall in the Jack Sears for the weekend and continuing our second place position in the trophy was a good feeling after a hard weekend. 

Oulton Park is next and that is going to be awesome!