Silverstone: Rounds 5 and 6 of the VW Cup
Silverstone, and the GP layout to be specific. Certainly a lot more fun than the point and squirt national layout.
Qualifying was the order of the day for Saturday, with a respectable but not breathtaking 14th place. The car wasnâ€™t slowing down correctly, which turned out to be a mix of issues that were thankfully solved before race one on Sunday.
I lined up in race one next to team mate Andy Wilmot, which seems to be becoming a habit. As soon as the race got underway I knew something wasnâ€™t right, there was an awful lot of vibration under braking and the car felt especially unsettled. Whilst it was a genuinely exciting race with a lot of bumper to bumper action, the pace was not there to be up in the top 10, where I know I should be on a good day. I finished the race in 13th, but considering the condition of the car and the way it was handling I would have to accept that as a decent result. The team uncovered a faulty ball joint, and it was a miracle that I didnâ€™t end up with three wheels on my wagon.
The car was prepped and ready for race two, and so was I. I knew that if I could match the pace of those ahead with handling issues like that, I would move forward in a car that broke in a straight line! Race two was go and I got off to a flyer, reaching 10th place within a few corners. Sadly this would be short lived, I took a big hit at the end of the first lap and was sent sideways. Thankfully I kept the car from spinning and thought Iâ€™d saved my race, but unfortunately bodywork was now digging into my tyre, and I could hear it cutting the tread. I knew that I had to pull off, or risk a high speed puncture. Iâ€™d like to now formally apologise to my driverâ€™s door. That was a hell of a slam when I got out! What a frustrating way to end a testing weekend, the pace was there and I was on a real charge. These things happen, and you have to move on.
Watch the video of the action by clicking the video panel to the left! Itâ€™s not very long, for obvious reasons!
The highlight of the weekend was having HQ
Films and 30 Second Promos there to do a feature on me. This was not
only great fun, but an insight into the demands higher profile drivers
are placed under on a regular basis. Mind you, I could get used to it,
:So, where are we next? Snetterton. I seriously need a good weekend here. Itâ€™s time for things to go my way, itâ€™s time to get up the front and pay back team HARD. and all my fantastic sponsors for their continued support and dedication.
Whoâ€™s with me?
Tom Barley #47, @barley_racing