In 2020, Covid-19 changed everything, and for those of us who are passionate about racing, it meant a great deal of frustration. A racing season in the BRSCC MX-5 Championship that was meant to consist of eight race meetings and 24 races ended up being just four race meetings and 8 shorter races.
So, I’m keeping my race summaries short for these final races. Let’s hope we can get back to a “nearly normal” for 2021.
Silverstone in September
My performance in qualifying continued to impress – a 5th fastest time, just 0.33 secs off the best time put me in a good position for the two races. But with the COVID-19 enforced changes the racing was down to just two races with a revised format.
Race 1 delivered a podium finish, coming in third place after the original winner, Joe Wiggin, was disqualified due to technical infringements on his car, and I picked up the podium award. The second race was more of a battle and I achieved a creditable 9th position.
Brands Hatch in October
Qualifying didn’t go as well as I had hoped, with a 7th fastest qualifying time.
In the first race I started on the 5th row of the grid and finished in 12th place. I struggled to make up the places after a couple of errors. Nevertheless, I gained an extra championship point by recording the fastest lap of the race at 1 min 08.6secs which was 0.6secs faster than the race winner! So, I had the pace, it was the errors that cost me the positions.
In the second race, things got a little better with a finish in 9th position… in some of the worst wet weather conditions, I’ve seen on a track.
A frustrating season in which it was difficult to make real progress with the shortened season and lack of racing. Nevertheless, I managed to finish in 10th position overall for the Championship. 75 drivers participated in the Championship in the shortened 2020 season. Despite the frustrations of Covid-19, it was fun as always and I had great support from the AB Motorsport team.