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Donington Park VW Cup and Season Review

It was a nervous feeling packing for Donington. Final rounds, final weekend, final races of the year. The thought of not racing for 6 months dawning closer and closer. But I had to stay confident and focused and show the fans, the other drivers and the championship itself that I was still on form, and still knocking down the times and positions.

Testing came and the car felt just as it did at brands hatch, but very slowly, the car started to show signs of a power reduction. Another driver and team mate got in the car and then confirmed that the car felt sluggish out of the corners which is what I had felt.

The TeamHARD lads worked hard to try and find the issue, which couldn’t be diagnosed on the computers so a session of trial and error was to be had.

Qualifying came on the Saturday and it was time to hope the car had been sorted, and get myself and the number 23 Golf back on top 10 form. It wasn’t to be and a damaged actuator was to ruin our chances of qualifying. 1 out lap and in, and another attempt didn’t help.

P30 was where we would start for Race 1 which wasn’t ideal, but the team had done their best to rectify it and help me get through the pack of cars which would be bunched up in front of me.

Race 1 arrived, and the curse of Donington struck again, on the warm up lap just past the start line the actuator snapped, meaning it was time to end the race, head back to the pits and try sort the issue for Race 2.

A few very nerve racking hours passed and it was time to go again. The warmup lap of race 2 the car felt good, not the same pace it had been on at Spa or Brands but at least I had something to work with and try get a good finish.

Race 1 started, the lights went out and by the end of the pitlane I had passed numerous cars, losing track of how many, but by the end of lap 1, I had gained 13 positions up to P17 only to be halted by an incident ahead of me with a car on its roof.

Red flags were out, and a re-grid was the outcome, all that hard work was going to have to be done again.

The restart went and P30 to P15 was the outcome, a total of 28 cars passed from start to finish and the restart included. A good all round result from myself and the team. 

Unfortunately it wasn’t the end to the season we were hoping for but we will be back, bigger and stronger than ever before.

Massive thanks to the Sponsors: 
Clydeside Surveys LTD 
Make Me Clean 
Advanced Signs & Graphics
M.P Tyres
Kraftwerk UK
for their continued support. My TeamHARD crew, my team mates, my fans, my family and my girlfriend for the amazing support for the duration of this tough season we have had. 

Bring on 2015


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