BRITISH GT 2019
RD.4 DONINGTON PARK GP
After a strong showing at the Silverstone 500 just 2 weeks before, I was feeling pumped ahead of the team's second visit to Donington in 2019 following on from the media day back in March. I know I've been driving well this season, and I was really looking forward to showing my form on track once again.
As Saturday's qualifying got underway, I was feeling confident in both my own, and the car's pace for hopefully a strong showing in my session. On new tyres and light fuel, the epic BMW M4 felt amazing, the best it had felt all season and I clocked a time of 1:35.3 to put the #43 car on pole position in my session. It was great to be back on top as my last pole was Brands Hatch GP at the end of 2018. The way qualifying worked was the same as at Silverstone, with an aggregate time between the two teammates deciding your grid position for the 1 2-hour race. Andrew's session didn't go as well, with our aggregate time only being enough for P8 on the grid, leaving us plenty of work to do on Sunday.
As the lights went out for the race, Andrew started the car due to being the slower driver in qualifying and initially kept his nose clean, hovering around the top 10 but unfortunately, 15 minutes before I was due to take over the #43 car, Andrew went off and hit the barrier, damaging our car and ending our race meaning I wouldn't get a drive. It's such a shame to not get a chance to showcase the pace we really had in the race but sometimes that happens in endurance racing and all I can do is pick myself up and work harder ahead of the next round at the world-famous Spa-Francorchamps. It'll be big learn for me having never driven there before but I'll always be up for a challenge and I can't wait to get out on track at a circuit that has so much prestigious motorsport history.
As always, a massive thanks to everyone at Century Motorsport who did an epic job this weekend to give me the tools to play with and to all my sponsors, especially my main sponsors Cambridge & Counties Bank and The Classic Car Bank.