SYDNEY MOTORSPORT PARK
THREE FROM THREE
I headed into the round eager to continue the momentum from Round 1.
Qualifying. The track was still wet after plenty of rain and the hunt was on to find the grip in the circuit. By the second lap we were the fastest car and it stayed that way till the last lap before traffic halted the final lap and we got knocked back to second. A front row start was still a great way to begin the weekend.
Race 1. Five Laps. Lots of RAIN! 1st Place
It felt sensational, I was so incredibly happy after the first race as was the team - one of my strongest performances behind the wheel. A slower than planned getaway didn't stop me from grabbing the lead by Turn 1 and then set to work on being quicker every single lap. The chequered flag fell early but we had built up a commanding five second lead in the space of five laps!
Race 2. Ten Laps. 1st Place
The sun came out on Sunday and the track was drying out. The team made the right decisions with the setup and the car felt great on the track. A safety car was needed on lap 5 and stayed out till the final lap. The fight was on during that final lap but we held our ground and walked away with the win and the fastest lap!
Race 3. Ten Laps. 1st Place
Understeer was a big problem in the Trophy Race especially in the slower corners. I made an error in Turn 2 and ran off the dry racing line and onto the wet track surface. Losing the lead made it a costly mistake. On the next lap I was able to make the pass for the lead stick in the same corner! The safety car made another appearance until lap 7 when the racing was back on. Only a couple of seconds separated the front pack. To stay out in front I was constantly working on my driving, trying to find the best way to get the understeering car around the circuit and we succeeded.
We took out the Round with three wins and two fastest laps! The changing weather conditions made it a tough weekend but the dominant performance in Race 1 was a big confidence boost! You know you're doing a good job when Anglo Motorsport owner/manager Tim Beale sings you praises! An awesome performance by the team meant we could perform at our best and get the job done!
It's a long wait now until Round 3 at Wakefield Park on the 20th-21st June. In the meantime you can see some fantastic photos from the round here.