Race 2 – After a good rest after Saturday’s race 1, I entered race 2 with a fresh mind and confidence on Sunday.
The starting lights came on as usual although before they went off, a number of cars had launched – as a driver, as you’re so focused before the lights go out, your reactions and nerve endings are on fire, so when one car launched, most cars reacted in the same way, resulting in a number of false starts. I collected a 10 second penalty for my false start along with 4 other drivers, even though there were many more guilty parties so I felt hard done by, but had to carry on with the race nevertheless.
Approaching turn 1 on my first lap, I found I had no brakes, but thankfully at less than full speed and could still take the corner but, through the curves, I was trying to build up brake pressure for the very fast ‘Old Hairpin’ (turn 3) and the brake pedal went to the floor again and the car ended up bouncing through the grass before re-joining the track, although near enough at the very back of the field.
Thankfully, I realised that my brakes had just over-heated which is why they were ineffective, so after my first lap taking it easy, they cooled down enough and started working again – this made for a very fun race as my work was cut out for me to attempt to regain as many positions as possible.
A p11 finish resulted, but due to the10 second penalty, this dropped to p16.
I was disappointed with the Clark of the Course’s decision and despite appealing, the penalty was upheld.