Saturday, March 17, 2012

What a fantastic stupendous amazing day!

Today was the Caterham handling day in the paddock area at Silverstone. Myself and 27 other Caterhams turned up to hoon around a few slalom courses and generally have fun. Oh, and trophies were given out at the end of the day... more on that later in the post.

The day started with rain! Good old England never lets you down! However, before that events started, it stopped raining, and started to clear up. All of us were split into three groups, pink blue and yellow, I was in yellow. We took on the practice starts first, in the wet, which made for around 3k standing start and gentle release of the throttle. After the starts we moved to the small slalom, which were timed, but only to introduce some friendly competition. Both of those event I lead my group, so I was already pretty pleased with the day come lunch time.

After lunch we split into two groups, and did two new slalom courses. After some time practicing on those, switching after a while. They were joined together and we were told to start in our original colour groups, yellow of course last in the line...

Each car was given two practice runs around the full slalom Challenge course, then 1 timed run. That one timed run determined whether or not you got a trophy for placing first, second, or third...

And I place second! By just .08 of a second to! I'm seriously happy with that, it means I'm right where I want to be for this coming season. I know that's the amount of time for the dude with the stop watch to press stop, or going through a corner just a fraction too slow! Tristan (bloke who lives near me) placed 1st, well done! And Jason finished 3rd, .3 behind me, also very well done! So .4 of a second split 1st-3rd today, and we weren't even on a track!

I know for a fact everyone who went today had a blast, and loved every second of it. I had a fantastic day before I found out I won second. Judging by those numbers, this years racing is going to be very very close, the top 3-5 will battle endlessly I'm sure.

It was great to meet everyone today, I'm really looking forward to this season, there will be lots of competition and heated battles!

And here's my first Trophy! :-D :-D.


  1. Sounds like things are going on great!
    Keep up the great work!
    (I'm enjoying the blog and all the pictures.)

    1. Thanks, I will!
      Great, I'm glad you're enjoying it! I know I am :-).