2: Knockhill - 15th May 2011
The second round of Time
Attack 2011 took place at Knockhill Racing Circuit on 15th May.
Despite being my home circuit, there was still last
minute panic sorting out the issues from round 1 (loose earth causing
car to cut out on power!) and fitting the new K-Sport brakes that
arrived on Friday afternoon (front & rear calipers, discs &
pads and brakes bled in the evening) before heading down to the
circuit late at night for Saturdays practice. Luckily the
weather held up all day Saturday and the car seemed to be running
well. An hour tuition with Hamish Smart also made sure I knew how
to avoid, or use, the new kerbs around the track. I was ready for
With Adam competing as
well, I was determined to do well...I couldnt let the husband
beat me! It also meant that I was driver and pit crew for the day!
After getting Adams session out the way I was ready for my
warm up session. Since I already know the track well I didnt
feel the need to put in lap after lap, I just needed to check everything
was running fine with the car and put in an initial time. I was
happy with a 59.528 lap and retired until the next session.
We were blessed
on the day by Knockhills ever changing weather and the rain
came on in time to get the track wet for practice. I had the same
plan for the session go out and set a good lap. I couldnt
seem to get the times down though and it wasnt until my
14th lap that I got my time down to a 57.783.
I had decided to get
the map changed to the E85R mix so that I could run a little more
power in the last two sessions of the day. Unfortunately with the
track being wet for qualifying I had to keep the boost turned down
(I have learned this the hard way from Oulton Park in 2009!). I
came first in qualifying, with a 57.658 lap and top points.
Luckily by the time the
final came round the track had mostly dried out, so I knew the times
would be quicker. My first two hot laps came in at 58.3 and 57.2,
not as fast as I wanted. Before being able to set another hot lap
the session was red flagged. I was hoping to use this as an opportunity
to cool the tyres slightly and then go out for another hot lap.
First lap out and I got a time of 56.900. I kept pushing to see
if I could get faster, but it wasnt to be. I retired to the
pits on the chequered flag to be told that my time was
still good enough for first place!
Another win at Knockhill....Woooo!
Fee - Club Pro Class #1
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Thanks to Rich Sams,
John Stewart and Thacko for the pictures.