My semi-successful return to racing
This past weekend I made my return to racing for the first time in three years (also my first time ever racing tin-tops), as I finally made it passed testing and into a race seat for the MINI Challenge.
I'd been doing some testing and filming with the Lohen team but had initially looked at racing in the Cooper class. As it happened, I found myself behind the wheel of the team's third John Cooper Works (JCW) car for the first time.
After a fair few spins in practice it came together nicely on race day. Qualifying was cut short due to a red flag but I'd managed to get to within a second of the mid-pack and was consistently quicker than a couple of the cars behind me.
Race starts seemed to be my biggest weakness (particularly my first attempt at a rolling start). Race incidents meant that most of my weekend was spent avoiding hitting spinning cars and trying to battle my way passed fighty Coopers without them battering the Lohen JCW into a shape that vaguely resembled a MINI.
A P12 in race one, P13 in race two and P9 in race three are hardly results that are going to grab headlines, but overall a decent return to competition.
Big thanks to Lohen, in particular Andrey and my mechanic Luke. It's a pleasure and an honour to be welcomed into the team. Hopefully, as we look towards sponsors for next year, we'll be able to get the car the results it deserves.