Race Report: Brands HatchAugust 2, 2021 10:44 pm Leave your thoughts
First up at 10:20 on Saturday was qualifying for Classic Thunder. The weather was looking overcast, but dry and the track was mainly dry with a few damp patches slowly clearing up. We managed to find some nice free space on the track and qualified P2 in class and P5 on the road with a time of 51.791.
Unfortunately, as a result of an accident that occurred during another race, Robert Foote, a volunteer marshal tragically lost his life and the rest of the day’s racing activity was cancelled.
Sunday was full of mixed emotions all around the circuit and started with a minutes silence to pay our respects before joining the circuit for the Kumho BMW championship qualifying. It felt very strange being out again driving past the scene from the previous day but managed a lap time of 51.628, but this was only good enough for P8 after a vibration had become apparent with the car.
After investigating the vibration and finding what I thought the cause was, we got that repaired and the car fuelled up and ready for Race 1 for the Kumho BMW Championship started at 12:05. It was a good race but didn’t quite have the pace in the car to keep up with the lead pack, but Magee to cross the line in P6.
There was only 1 Classic Thunder race for the weekend due to what happened on Saturday. On the warm-up lap, I found out how the car was having running issues as well, severely misfiring. I found a way to drive the car to minimise the effects of the misfire. I had a good start and looked to be gain some positions into the first corner, but the misfire crept back in and put a stop to that. We then had a long safety car period due to a car stuck in the gravel which left a lot of work to do in a short space of time. On the last lap of the race, we lost a further position, meaning we finished P4 in class and P7 on the road.
The wasn’t a lot of downtime before the 2nd Kumho BMW Championship race to try and rectify the misfire issue. We tried our hardest, but to were unable to get the car running correctly again. This didn’t stop us lining up on the grid to try a get the best finish we could but to prevent any further damage to the car we had to retire for the race.
We have some work to do on the car to make sure it is fully operational for the next round but sure we can get there.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Robert Foote and thanks to all the volunteer marshalls that make it possible for us to race #orangearmy
A replay of the races can be seen here:
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This post was written by debs