Blog#2 Rockingham Weekend.

F3 Cup - Rockingham 2014

First Race, in P2

This weekend was a last minute effort, I had some last minute funds come through and that was enough to be able to participate for Rockingham Round 3. I had to cut back on new slick tyres and brake pads just to get myself racing, thankfully I had new wet tyres from Round 1 and when the rain came for qualifying on Saturday, It was a good start to the weekend. I placed P2 in qualifying which saw me front row for Race 1, my best qualifying position this year.

 

Come Sunday I was ready for everyone to overtake me as they all had new tyres and we new that they would peak a lot earlier then mine. So I had to push early on and then defend like crazy! My tyres would be consistent from start to finish and I think my fastest lap was right at the end, where as everyone else’s was the 4-6th lap in.

 

Lining up on the front row I had done everything I could to ensure a good start and promote me into a good position to hold off those on the new tyres. My start was good, not the best but good enough. I was P2 until the first corner, I was out braked into the first corner, a car on my left and one to my right which gave me nowhere to go coming out of the corner, so I had to back off and avoid a collision! I stayed in 4th throughout the race and although my pace was quicker towards the end, the gap between me and 3rd was made up from the first part of the race when the tyres where optimal, Race over finishing 4th overall.

 

Race 2 we were positioned on the grid from our fastest laps, 6th was where I placed on the grid. I placed 5th overall and again my quickest time was right towards the end. I was pleased with the weekend, made some good changes that improved our performance on track and I was happy to of Raced this weekend for sure! Looking forward to the next round at Spa in Belgium. Thank you to my friends and team who supported me for this weekend!

Blog #1 Formula 3 Campaign

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First Race, First Podium In my Rookie year in Single Seaters.

Hey Guys,

I have started to write blogs as a way to communicate what I have been up to on a weekly basis. For those of you who don’t know, I am competing in the MSV Formula 3 Championship www.f3cup.co.uk for my second time this year. This is my 3rd year in Britain as I build myself up for the Professional Junior categories. I have already participated in the 1st Round of the year starting at Snetterton, placing 3rd in Race 1 and 4th in Race 2. Unfortunately I was ruled out of Race 1 due to an infringement with my air box, a crack in the manifold meant it was illegal and I was placed at the rear of the field for Race 2. I can always take a positive away from a bad situation and starting from the back always helps my race craft and ability to think on my toes.

Coming into this championship with an older car is always challenging, but I believe it gives me a greater sense of achievement if I compete with the top 3 positions in the field at every race. Now it is coming up to my 3rd Round of the Season at Rockingham and knowing the track and its advantages I am confident in my ability. Training for this is really down to the right determination and that is to prove myself every time I am on track! So in preparation utilizing my track time I make sure my fitness, weight, nutrition and mentality is optimal for every Qualifying, Race and Test.

Three years ago when I moved over from Australia, I really did make the conscious decision that I was going into this 100% committed into making this my life and getting into that mentality is not hard for me. I always thrive under competition and nothing makes my more determined than winning. Like any great sportsman I have to believe I am the best, I have to believe that I am here for a reason and that my I will never give up, even when I go “off track”… I have to pick myself up again and keep moving forward and turning my failures in strengths is becoming something of an art.

This week has been great, I’m feeling positive about the next upcoming race, my physical and mental conditioning is on track and as I near my dreams and goals, I am satisfied with knowing that I am giving 100% daily!