The last race in the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship at Oulton Park on Saturday took place in two halves. I started in 7th on the grid, with my aim being to get on the podium; I knew I could do it. I lined up in my grid spot aiming to move forward with a good start. However, I also knew of the consequences of jumping the start; I received a 10 second time penalty in the previous race, albeit I thought it was a bit dubious! With the 5 second board up, I readied myself. My start was good, gaining positive momentum to the cars
The second race at Oulton Park in the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship on 16th June was… an experience. During the day, we’d been waiting for the rain to arrive. And on the second lap it did… big time. A band of torrential, monsoon rain swamped the Oulton Park circuit. After 6 laps, the red flag appeared (although many of the drivers couldn’t see it!), and the race came to a premature end. Take a look at the video to see just how bad it was. Next time I’m going to check Weather Radar and get the wets on at the start of the race.
Not exactly the way I wanted to start the weekend… It would be my first time at Oulton Park. Having seen the track on TV and Youtube, I was excited to experience it for the first time in the car. I arrived at the track the Friday morning for testing. It was the first time I’d seen the car with its new fresh Car Magic livery on. It looked great and spurred me on for the weekend. So, I was ready to head out for the first session of the day, behind fellow AB Motorsport driver, Michael Fisk. I headed out on track for the
The new livery is applied! It’s taken a while but thanks to great work by the designer, Katy Etherington, some reconstruction by the body magicians, Car Magic, and great de-livery by Amber Signs in Berkhamsted, the car now has its new livery. It looks great! It also features my latest sponsor, Mint Condition. Paul Minter, a Berkhamsted based personal fitness trainer is sponsoring my personal bodywork… and getting my body in shape. So, let’s see how it looks on the track… I’m sure it will go quicker!
If you’re thinking of entering the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship, then you may not realise that they put all of the races on Motorsport TV and broadcast them on YouTube. At Cadwell Park, I made it on to the podium for the first time. So, my first time on camera, with a mike stuck in front of me. As you will see, I was quite pleased with my start! Next time, I get up there, I’d better mention Car Magic, my sponsors (…advice from my Sponsorship Manager/Dad). How did I do?
I’m still recovering from the shock! A second place and a podium in my second race at Cadwell Park in the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship. For the second race, I was starting in 3rd place. I knew this would be my first chance at a podium and I had to take it. Before the race I was really calm, with the boys from AB Motorsport around, ready to help with anything. Olly and Tony Allwood came down to give me support and advice on how to handle the pressure. With a red flag ending the Porsche race before mine, another 20 minutes was put onto
The weekend really started for me a week before on the Wednesday, as I had my first track day at Cadwell. I wasn’t happy with both my performance & the car’s performance at Snetterton so wanted to get ahead of the game for the next round at Cadwell Park. The first track day went well with no hiccoughs and with me acclimatising to the circuit. Skip forward one week and I’m back on the Thursday before the race for another track day. As I was now used to the track, I could be more committed through some of the more demanding corners on the circuit,
Cadwell Park is one of the most technical and challenging race circuits in the UK , set in the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s on a scenic par with Spa Francorchamps and Anglesey. But, keep your eyes on the track, not the scenery. It’s also a track with its own weather ecosystem, as I found out this week. Mist…. a weather phenomenon caused by small droplets of water suspended in air… greets me at Cadwell Park. It’s not great news when cars arrive for a track day or a testing day. But, eventually after a 1.5 hour wait, the track is open.
Berkhamsted based graphic designer, Katy Etherington, has done a great job working on the livery design and implementing the Car Magic branding. It’s going to look (car) magic. Wanting to keep things local, I called on Amber Signs, a specialist in vehicle livery and decals, also based in Berkhamsted. So, a trio of Berkhamsted based expertise…. Car Magic, my sponsor, for bodywork and repairs, Katy Etherington for graphic design and Amber Signs for vehicle decal production. Now…. We just need to get the livery onto the car. The plan is to get the car dressed at Cadwell Park….. but we’re on a very tight