Monthly Archive September 2018

Knockhill fighting the Scottish weather!

With Bert all fixed we were excited for Knockhill especially as it’s a BTCC weekend so live on TV.

I felt confident we would be back on the front-running pace this weekend after testing, although it proved to be a challenging weekend in Scotland. Qualifying was mental and it all came down to being able to get one clear lap on a busy track, so P7 on the grid for race one wasn’t too bad.

In the race 1 however, we didn’t seem to have the same power as some of the other cars, which meant I couldn’t make as much progress as I hoped and to finish 6th was a good result.

Rain on Sunday provided a new challenge and resulted in a messy race that had to be restarted after a multi-car incident on the opening lap. In ver difficult wet conditions I fought hard but finished 8th as still dealing with power issues.

We were down in the speed traps again in race two, and when you also add in the wet conditions that led to plenty of carnage and safety cars, I think we did well to pick up 8th and come back in one piece!

I think I got the most I could from the weekend, and as a team, we need to look at why we were down on power ahead of the final rounds at Donington in September where I’m keen to fight for a place on the podium, particularly as I’ll have about 500 guests coming along to support me!

 

You all Helped fix Bert Goose!

My car Bert Goose was badly damaged when I was pushed off the track at Spa. Unfortunately we had run out of damages budget so we set up a crowd funding page to get us back on track in time for Knockhill.

And we are amazed at the response from our followers! So much so they helped Bert get back on track in time for Knockhill BTCC.

Big thank you to the following people

Agile Acoustics, Stuart Jones, Emma Taylor, Chris Seville, Party Perfection, David Williams, Sam Waugh, Claire Mitchell King, Kirsty Fleming, Maureen Jones, The Grists, Phil Boyle, Matt Worthington, Amy Webster, Scott Brown, Brogan Moore, Emma Williams, Joanna Taylor Agostino, Sebastian Arenram, Mick & Margaret Craven, Shannon Greenwood, Melanie Stainton, Gareth Griffith, Dawn Moorcroft, Charlotte Hogan, Peter Lenartowicz, Rebecca Forrest, Nicola Kinrade, Sorrell Bloom, Natasha Lapsley, Jack Worthington, Chris Gautrey, Paul Gelling, Phil Ogle, Brendan Beeken, Sharron Gautrey, Ally Cubbon, Ethan Benjamin, James Young, XKX Projects, Simon Whitaker.

We couldn’t have done it without you guys you are amazing!

Spa doesn’t like me

Well I’ve decided that Spa doesn’t like me!

60 cars on the grid with 2 championship combined for the weekend in temps of around 30deg.

Testing went well early in the week but come to qualifying and I struggled to get a clear lap in especially as there was a red flag which reduced the time down.

Qualifying 7th wasn’t the best and we were also struggling with pace in the lower gears and tyres all weekend unfortunately.

Race 1 saw a 3 car crash on the 1st lap resulting in a safety car procession for most of the race and still struggling with pace and tyres finished a disappointing 12th.

Race 2 started 12th and made up a few places on start then another 3 car crash and safety car came out again and went in with about 4mins to go, unfortunately I then get turned in on whilst overtaking a car at 120mph which sent me into a spin smashing into the barrier at Blanchimant – game over almost a carbon copy of my crash in 2016!
My car (Bert Goose) was a right off and we didn’t have the budget left to fix it so we set up a crowdfunding page and thanks to some amazing people we managed to raise most of the money to enable us to race in the next round at Knockhill BTCC. The appeal is open till 30th Aug so there is still time to donate at – www.crowdfundinghelpfixbertgoose.co.uk

 

 

 

Silverstone June 18 Highs Lows and a sea of orange!

June was a mix of highs and lows on and off the track for me this month.

Ginetta GT5 Challenge headed for Silverstone and was teamed up on the grid with another Ginetta series G40 Cup, a field of more than 50 cars took the track on the GP circuit.

And because we don’t like to do anything by halves we also had VIP 90 guests in hospitality 4 promo girls 1000 orange Bertgoose hats and 1000 foam fingers to give out!

Mechanical issues had hindered me early in the week in testing and Qualifying was tough to qualify p5 considering how much traffic was on the track was really good. Race one however was a real struggle as we were down on power for some reason and while I did the best I could, it was a case of damage limitation and finished 8th.

I had to fight really hard to get the result so to be handed a reprimand for contact during the race that has cost me ten championship points was frustrating as I felt it was nothing more than a racing incident.

I put that to the back of mind for race two and with the team having fixed the power issue, I drove out of my skin to get into third and made a small mistake that resulted in the track limits penalty putting me back to 5th position.

Despite that, I’m happy with how I drove and it’s just unfortunate that a few issues hampered our chances as I feel we had the pace to bring home a top three finish. However, I’m confident that we can be back on the podium at Spa when we head there for the next round 21/22 July.  

 

Off the track was another story our VIP guests had a fantastic time, there was a sea of orange hats and foam fingers where ever you looked so a great promo weekend.

 

Not only that my main sponsors Tailored Resourcing & Accountancy showcase my car at their networking event in Manchester and treated me to the Grand Prix Ball in London and we were also VIP guests of Sahara Force India at the Silverstone Grand Prix which was awesome and I won the F1 simulator competition too!. #luckyyorkshirelad

 

Now onto Spa Francochamps for the SRO Speed week!