The weather forecast for the weekend was never anything other than rain. The miracle was that there were any dry runs at all. Lining up for my first run I thought; “take it smoothly, show some commitment but get to the top”. The start seemed good and I was up to third well before Orchard. So, smoothly through corner 1 and on to Etores aiming for the apex. Then on to Pardon, which went OK. The Esses seemed to go well, unusually, and then on to the Semi-Circle. So when I went back round the return road I expected to see something like 61 or 62 on the clock. Smooth, neat and steady. And a PB at 58.5. Amazing!!! 4/10’s off the previous PB.
But not long after came the inevitable for 2016 at Prescott rain. For some reason getting off the line was tough in the wet and I put in a couple of pretty poor times. But then the rain eased off a bit and I was presented with a pretty dry track. S0 61.1 was ultimately OK, but if it had stayed dry I think a decent performance would have been on the cards. One day I’ll get a dry official run and close the 1.5 second gap between my practice PB and my event PB.
Depressingly I slammed my finger in the rear door of the Panda as I was about to head home. Quite messy – thanks to the start line medics who gave it a look over. I only hope it’s healed up by Shelsley Walsh on the 17th, where I see we have a bumper entry in 1.4 Roadgoing Production.
Not too much progress on the RF84, for the following reasons:
- We went to Spa for the GP and sat at Eau Rouge. As amazing as it sounds.
- Some brackets had missed being replated so are off being done.
- I made a copy of the plate which supports the rear lower wishbones. And faithfully copied an issue with the hole positions, which were one of the reasons I was remaking it. Start again.