Blog#8 New Chapter

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Hi Guys and Girls,

 

I haven’t wrote a post in my blogs for a long time mainly due to things moving pretty slowly with my career so there hasn’t been a lot to talk about on that front, but there is some things that I can update everybody on!

 

Firstly I would like to say that I have finished with my 3 year campaign in the British Formula Ford and MSV Formula 3 Championship, I have achieved all I can from these categories and this means my partnership with Enigma Motorsport has also come to a end as I look to progress my future into new horizons. I have every intention in competing this year as a Driver but it is a question of funds, unfortunately.

 

Secondly I have also decided to move away from England and will start building myself abroad in Europe, I think it is perfect timing to start branching out. Having been in England for the past 3 years or so I have learnt almost as much as I can onto progressing my career. It has tested me into deciding if it is the right path for me. It defiantly hasn’t been the easiest adapting to the motorsport scene but I think It was the only way for me, picking it up as I go.

 

Thirdly I have a good 2 years to push for a career as a Professional; it’s good to always glance back at the realist side of things because it keeps you on the straight and narrow. But I hold my dreams and goals close and look to chase them on a daily basis.

 

I would like to thank those who have been constantly giving me the time of day to keep my career going and as my time in England comes to a close I hope to give encouragement and inspiration to those who are having or going to have a hard road ahead of them, join the team and embrace the adventure, no one knows what tomorrow brings.

Olly

Blog#7 Brands Hatch GP Preview

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This coming week is leading up to Round 6 at Brands Hatch, a track full of history in England and among the Motorsport community the world. A fast flowing track that offers a great spectacle for anyone watching, whether it be in the woods out the back or in the grandstands up front, you are always close to the action.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been training and preparing myself for this Race weekend. I am making the most of my situation and being prepared as I can, puts me mentally in a good state of mind. I will have to wait and see how we go at Brands but I am feeling confident coming into this weekend. Working out a good balance over this track will be crucial for me in order to better my chances among these newer cars. If I can start the first practice session on Friday with good pace then its going to be a great start and a great weekend. Hoping for a sunny weekend down south but we will see what the weather brings come Saturday and Sunday.

If I can improve on my last Race weekend in Oulton Park and go one better then it will all be worth the training and effort I put in.  I have full faith in the team and myself that we can deliver a good result and I am looking forward to the Races ahead. Thanks for all your support and keep the nice messages coming! 🙂

Olly

 

 

Blog#6 Oulton Park Weekend

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Coming into this Round I made sure I was fully prepared. Friday practice was a great time for me to progress everything that I learnt off track onto putting it into practice and getting solid times from lap 1. It was damp conditions P1 and the track was very slippery but we handled these conditions very well and my Friday was off to a great start. P2 the track had dried out and as the track started coming on strong so did my pace and we were all happy with the progress being made. By P3 we had made some setup changes mainly with the aerodynamics and with the track getting quicker so did my pace. Practice done and I had a great deal of confidence coming into Saturday’s Qualifying and Two Races.

Qualifying was wet, very wet; the pace was there although I didn’t get to utilize this with a mistake on my behalf 3 laps in, running wide at Knickerbrooks left hander.  I then backed off the pace to get some clean space on track and soon as I went on a flying lap around lap 5 the session was red flagged, session over and I annoying 5th to take away.

Race 1 it was a rolling start due to the extremely wet conditions, starting 5th it was hard to get any kind of initial jump on anyone. I was battling with 4th position until my car started to lack power on and off. 4 laps to go I thought I was running out of fuel. Again it was another reliability issue with my battery, It was dying and for the first time. Fortunately I only lost two places and with the car completely dead 500m out from the finish line I had enough speed to roll it over the line to finish 7th.

Race 2 the track had dried out in-between races but another down poor wiped all hope for a dry race, another wet race but this time an advantage to be gained with a grid start. Lining up for the green flag lap in which I have 1 lap to go around and warm up the tyres, brakes and get a feel for track conditions, I managed to stall on the grid, as the rules say if you stall on the green flag lap and get overtaking by all cars on the grid you have to start from the back of the grid. However I did not and retook my position whilst everyone was weaving on the lap. Coming up to the grid for the start I took my original place and started in 6th. I got a very good start taking two cars before the first corner and another by the second, putting me in 3rd position. I was to hold this position and claim a finish in 2nd my best overall finish due to my teammate spinning on the second lap. Unfortunately I had given a penalty for my grid error on the green flag lap and was put back to finish 4th officially, even though this was the chase I was happy with my ability for race 2 and my pace, it was a good note to end on and coming into the next Round at Brands Hatch on the 15-16th of August I am feeling very positive to continue my improvements from this weekend.

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Blog#5 Oulton Park Preview

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Very happy and excited to be racing this weekend, it was an unknown situation if I was able to make it or not, but I made sure that I was prepared physically and mentally for whatever outcome and looking ahead I am very keen to getting out on track!

 

Oulton Park is a tight, undulating and punishing track. Getting up to speed here can be quite tricky with the unseen bumps on entry, mid corner and the exit of a few high speed sections. Getting it right is going to be a very rewarding.

 

It’s been a good couple of weeks in-between Races and there is always areas I can improve and I look to maximize those improvements here this weekend. Enigma Motorsport have done a great job in preparing the car and getting it ready for this weekend, I would like to thank them on their work and in being patient with me.

 

I have put a lot of work into my preparation and I know that it will pay off. In Spa we had a few little issues that ultimately hindered my performance but, I like to reflect of the negatives and turn that into a tool that I can use to better myself in every race that I compete in. Thank you to those who support me; my team, friends, family and everyone who believes in me! Let’s do this! RAWR.

 

 

Blog#4 Spa Race Weekend

Olly Rae - Enigma Motorsport Dallara F301 Renault SodemoI arrived in the afternoon at Spa with my engineer and it gave us both a good couple of hours to go over a plan for the weekend. Whilst planning we decided to walk and talk and took a stroll around the circuit. It’s always interesting to see how banked and steep some corners are because you really don’t get that impression when you’re driving the circuit.

 

The next day (Thursday) we had two 30min practice sessions. I focused on learning the circuit, gears, corners etc and put into practice what I had learnt in theory. After a good day of testing I was feeling quite confident coming into qualifying with good pace. Friday was two qualifying sessions; we had two sets of slicks for the weekend, which we only ended up using for Friday because of the wet Races to come Saturday/Sunday.

 

I had issues with my throttle cable during first qualifying, somehow it was constantly getting stuck under braking and after a couple of laps it eventually come off but luckily I was coming into the pits and had enough speed to roll the car to a stop. Session over and a disappointing Q1 with a poor time to take from it, 3 seconds off my fastest in practice on Thursday. I put it behind me and moved ahead for Q2 and focused on maximizing my efforts there. We made some minor improvements to the car and I gathered some information for myself on improvements around the track. We had a good start as I was one of the first ones out, out of 50 cars on the grid, as it was a combined few championships.

 

I think it was my second lap when I couldn’t get it into 2nd or 4th gear all of a sudden. I quickly got it into the pits so the team could see what was wrong. The bracket that holds the gears tight so they can go into gear had snapped off near the engine and this put me out of most the session.  The team managed to fix it with 4mins to go and I was only able to do one flying lap. But was held up with traffic on track and I ended Q2 with 13th position. A very disappointing Friday, I was gutted and frustrated that I couldn’t maximize some true pace.

 

Race One on Saturday and I was starting 6th on grid, it was a very wet day and it was a safety car start to avoid carnage between slower cars.  I got myself into 5th  on the first lap  and held it for the whole Race. Officially finishing 3rd in the Championship and 1st in Class. There was two cars who raced that came as invite only and where not a part of the championship.

 

Race Two on Sunday saw me starting 13th on grid. It was a wet race again and after analyzing Race One’s performance, improvements can always be made. It was a rolling start and coming out of the last corner before the start I was waiting for the light to go green, to bury the throttle, or at least feed it gently and get a good start. By the first lap I had made up 8 positions to come around the start/finish line in 5th. A car had come off on the last couple of laps and this put me in 4th to finish overall. A good result to make up a bad Friday; Officially finishing 3rd in the championship and 1st in Class.

 

Taking a quick glance back at the weekend, I had a great experience for my first time on track at Spa; beautiful place, beautiful people, a very special time. Many thanks to my Team Enigma Motorsport and the lovely people who support me. Next Round at Oulton Park, 18th-19th of July. Looking forward to it. The training begins!

 

 

Blog#3 Thoughts on Rockingham

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With Round 3 at Rockingham in England completed and having learnt a lot on and off track, I had a quick break and started to look ahead with Round 4 at Spa in Belgium. Never having raced or been to Spa, there was a lot of information to learn and things I still need to learn before I drive on this track. It was great to have confirmed this race weekend, being my first race in Europe outside of Australia and England.

From observing onboard footage, I quickly got up to speed with the direction and corners of the track. I think I will be hitting the maximum a Formula 3 car can go at Spa. The straights are very long and the gearing will have to be suited to this condition. Having a good two test sessions Thursday will help me get to grips with the track and work out a good setup for the car and maximize our top speed. I believe we have two sets of tyres for the weekend as oppose to just one set, so it will make things a little more interesting.

There are a couple of great places to really push and be quick around here and that will be crucial. Also plenty of opportunities to overtake and defend around this track. The track being hidden away in the woods is what makes it special for me; I have a couple of days to really appreciate this circuit before switching on for the race weekend. I’d like to thank my Team Enigma Motorsport and everyone who supports me for this weekend; I think it will be a great time to maximize results.

Blog#2 Rockingham Weekend.

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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!