Round 2 News from Jack Goff
Team HARD racer Jack Goff brings us his comments on Round 2 at Donington Park
Round 2 of the championship came around fast after our debut at Brands Hatch but we did manage to fit in a test day at Silverstone; so when it came to Free Practice at Donington, I knew how to handle the car and was a lot more relaxed.
The run started positively with me improving my times with every lap. However, after just a few runs, I went to hit the brake pedal and it just went straight to the floor. I had to act quickly to avoid running into the back of Frank Wrathall, who had just left the pit lane. On inspection, we found we had a split brake line inside the car. With that fixed, we went through with qualifying.
Starting 19th during Race 1, I was hoping to move forward at the start. As the lights went green, it was apparent that one too many practice starts on the green flag lap had over heated the clutch, and I ended up falling to 26th due to a slipping clutch.
By the end of race 2 I improved and climbed to position 14, making me confident of a solid top 10 finish in the final race.
Unfortunately when the lights went I instantly realised we were down on power so radioed to the team to let them know. We decided to stay out even though the car was down by around 40bhp. I defended all I could, but had to settle for position 16 at the flag. This was an unfortunate way to end as the car had been so reliable all weekend, however we took a lot of positives from the meeting.
We now head to the super-fast Thruxton circuit where we will be looking for further improvements.
*This is an excerpt taken from the Tony Gilham Racing website; you can view the full article here.