Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Biggest news! MOMO UK partnership!

MOMO, the well known and successful racing brand, has joined with me for 2013, becoming my first official partner in the journey to professional Motorsports. I'm super excited, and have been bursting to share this news since I heard I was chosen last Friday! To be honest actually, I nearly cried with joy at the news.

You will notice I have added a MOMO image to the right of my blog, this is a direct link to MOMO UK's website, click on it and check them out! There's a huge range of product available, seats, steering wheels, wheels, and of course their fantastic range of racing gear. Some more changes to my site will be made through the remainder of this week, nothing major but you will notice them.

MOMO UK is doing some spectacular work this year by supporting a select number of drivers, from grass roots to British GT. There's just one driver (myself) in the Ginetta Challenge, 2 cars in British GT, the 888Optimum Motorsport GT3 BMW of Daniel Brown and Steve Tandy, and the Readgate Consulting/Lifetime Racing GT4 Ginetta G50 entry of Dan Eagling and Matt Smith, Radical SR3 racer Bradley Smith, and grass roots BMW drivers Stuart Voyce and Mike Tovey

I'll be competing throughout the year in brand new MOMO racing suit, boots, and gloves, something I'm eagerly looking forward to! It's going to be Christmas in March when the box of goodies arrives. I will of course be taking pictures as I unpack, and will take a full length for those interested ;-). This is certainly the beginning of something great.

This is a very exciting major step forward in the journey towards professional Motorsport, I'm sure it will lead to great things.

Something tells me this is going to be a spectacular year!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ginetta Media Day - best day testing in ages!

Ginetta really know how to put on a day! They must have booked the sun months ago, because it ws a beautiful day out, bright skies and warm tarmac. Optimum, as always, handled the day brilliantly, everything ran smoothly, and the car was in peak physical and mechanical condition. All bodes well.

I spent the morning sessions blowing the cobwebs out, and just making sure I was still putting down consistent times, to random "lucky" laps, or any one lap slow one lap fast shenanigans. After the first 20 minutes, it was clear that, yeah, I was still rocking the consistency side of things. That meant I could do nothing but bash the lap times for the rest of the day. Second session, lap times down to a solid base for the afternoon, about 1.5 seconds behind the current pace.

After the lunch break, I jumped back in the beast (named Ripley, I think all my racing cars will carry that name...), and started kicking the times down. 10 out of the 15 or so laps in session 3 were well over a second faster, with the remaining 5 or so about the same as session 2. Fantastic! Current fastest lap after session 3 was under a second off the pace, now that's workable!

Session 4 went amazingly well, lap 3 saw a spin going into Maggotts. An error on my part sent the rear round faster than I could blink. I simply didn't blip the downshift from 3rd into 2nd enough, the rear wheels locked and it just rotated. No worries, threw it into first half way through the spin, got it the rest of the way round, dropped the clutch and continued on for the rest of the lap, and session. Turns out I ran about 5 or 6 seconds slower on that lap... and it had a full 360 in it!

By the end of session 4, and indeed the day, I was sitting a comfortable ~.5 off the pace! The best part being, for 90% of the session, my times were within a few tenths of themselves.

Considering that I haven't touched a track, or car, since October last year, that's brilliant headway for this season. Last year I struggled to put fast laps down outside of a race, and for practice and qually, this meant I was behind the pace by too much to be able to pull the places needed for podiums.

This year though... Well, here's the video of my last two runs, and see why I'm so stoked for the 2013 Ginetta Challenge!

And, for your viewing pleasure, the spin during the last session.