2: Knockhill - 16th May 2010
arrived at Knockhill on Saturday afternoon to drop the car off and
have a nosey around the paddock. I wasn't booked on for the track
session, so it was a good opportunity to watch and suss out the
competition! I won't be watching again...it wasn't nearly as much
morning soon arrived and it was dry and sunny at Knockhill for a
change! The car was ready to go, I just had to keep my fingers crossed
that the crunching gearbox held up. My plan was to take it easy
for the first couple of sessions, scrub in the new tyres, bed in
the new brake pads and make sure everything was running ok. I was
all over the place on my first few laps in the warm up! Walter Morris
who came out behind me must have been wondering what the hell I
was doing...going sideways in and out of corners on the warm up
lap! The new tyres were very slippy and I just couldn't get heat
into them! I couldn't get my times
down to under 1 minute. I came into the pits to get everything checked
over and then headed back out again for another bash. This time
round the tyres felt a lot better...and I was actually managing
to stay pointing in the right direction! I got a 58s lap, which
was good enough for me during the warm up. I came in happy with
that and confident I could still go a bit quicker. The time sheet
showed me in first place after the warm up with a 58.093....which
I was a bit surprised with considering I thought I was taking it
easy...but there were a few fast people out there that weren't showing
on the list. Still, I had already beaten my time from 2009 in the
first session of the day.
changed over to my older set of tyres for the practice session.
Bo Neilson came out behind me and I did not want a repeat of my
performance at Oulton! My first hot lap was a 57.551.... getting
quicker, and then I clocked a 56.220 on my second hot lap. That
was good enough for me! I came into the pits and was told to go
back out to do a few more cool down laps! After that, I decided
to come in and sit the rest of the session out. I had gone as fast
as I felt I needed to for the practice and didn't want to run unnecessarily
on a dodgy gearbox! I watched the rest of the competitors finish
the session and fortunately no one in the 4WD class managed to get
a quicker time...only Steve Linton in his super fast RWD Supra.
Scott Robson got a 56.290....so close! He was going to be a tough
one to beat!
During the lunch break I got asked to do a wee Bike v Car demo on
track. I jumped at the chance to get a bit more practice on a clear
track and scrub my new tyres in a bit more before the qualifying
session! Unfortunately the bike beat me I think the thought of getting
beaten by a girl spurred him on a bit!
I got down to the pit lane early for the qualifying session so that
I could get out on track first
and get a couple of clear fast laps in early. I got a 56.165 in
my 2nd hot lap, despite my seat shifting back a notch leaving me
in a less than ideal driving position! I went into the pits to sort
myself out again and then headed back out. I got one slow lap in
and then the session was red flagged due to a spectator deciding
to run across the track! When the session was restarted I got a
few more laps in, but couldn't better my earlier time. I got in
to find out that it was still good enough for first in my group,
and 2nd overall in Club Class (that pesky Steve Linton beat me again!)
We had managed to convince the powers that be to split the final
session so that the traffic on track would be reduced. I was out
with the 10 fastest from 4WD and 2 from RWD. I got out on track
first again (with Scott and Eric right behind me) and knew I would
have to put in a fast time to get on the podium. Eric and Scott's
times had been so close to mine all day. My plan was to do 3 hot
laps followed by 3 cool laps and then see how my tyres were holding
up. Adam told me I was not allowed back in the pits until I got
a 55.5s lap. Impossible I thought! My first three laps felt good...56.082,
57.107 and 56.191...so close to a 55! After my cool down laps I
ended up behind Steve's Supra and decided to chase him round the
track! The lap felt good, a lot more refined than some of my earlier
ones! I crossed the line and my timer showed up a 55.5! YES!!!!
(I really did scream that out!) I came into the pits going mad!
I didn't care what anyone else was doing....I got a 55.5!!!! Adam
sent me out again, but my gears were crunching constantly in every
gear so I just decided to call it a day and hope that my time was
My official time was a 55.431...amazing, even if I do say so myself!
It was good enough for an outright win in Club Challenge. I was/am
over the moon with it! Getting my first win at my home circuit was
an awesome feeling. I was grinning like a cheshire cat, screeching
a lot and jumping around like a mad woman! I even managed to pop
my champagne all on my own this time!!! Well done to Scott and Eric
on their 2nd and 3rd places.
Brands Hatch is next in the calendar. Having never done the track
before, it's going to be tough. It's a few weeks off yet though,
so I'm just going to continue grinning from my win for now!
Fee - Club Class #7
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Thanks to Rich Sams and
John Stewart for the pictures.