Sunday, 21 May 2017

Curborough Sprint - 5th Place

WARNING - MOTORSPORT CAN BE CRUEL!

Having been to Curborough a couple of times in my R500, I was feeling confident about the day ahead.   The only thing that was going to get in my way of a win (and hopefully a new lap record) was the weather which looked like it could be a bit of a lottery.

Onto the day...  There were two practice runs, followed by three timed runs...  The practice runs were dry, then there was a shower and the first timed run was wet; we stopped for lunch, the track dried out, the first seven runners in my group had a dry run and then a monsoon hit flooding the circuit,  leaving no-one else the opportunity of a comparative time which was highly frustrating.

Here's my times for the day:-
  • Practice 1 - 68.05 (fastest overall - dry)
  • Practice 2 - 67.28 (fastest overall - drizzle)
  • Timed Run 1 - 77.44 (fastest overall - wet)
  • Timed Run 2 - 79.15 (weather effected - dry/wet)
  • Timed Run 3 - 74.44 (fastest overall - wet)
And the full times are here:-
Timed runs for the 2017 Caterham Academy Green Group at Curborough Figure 8 sprint course - wet/dry/wet/dry
Timed runs for the 2017 Caterham Academy Green Group at Curborough Figure 8 sprint course - wet/dry/wet/dry
It's safe to say I was very unlucky with the weather, and I feel pretty down right now, but that is the harsh reality of motorsport - in particular sprint racing, where a 15 minute downpour in the middle of a session can win or lose you a weekend.

Here's two of my notable onboard videos from the day
74.44 Lap in Timed run three which was 2.5 secs faster than anyone else in like for like conditions:-

67.28 Lap with a bit of drizzle was the fastest time of the day - shame it was in practice 2:-


Having calculated the points I think I'm still 2nd in the Championship after this event, but I feel somewhat robbed, but I will dig deep and will be even more determined for a podium finish at Brands Hatch which is the first 'proper' race of the season two weeks today (4th June) - hopefully see you there!

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