The first lap of Race 3 was exciting. I had a big old moment going down the hill. I was very lucky the car didn’t go all the way around. I caught it okay but picked up some front-end damage and for the rest of the race the splitter was flapping around.
I had almost settled for fifth behind Matt Neal, which, given the damage, I thought would be a good result. We were both close and keeping very tight lines – until the last corner. Matt’s tyres had gone off more than mine and he went a little wide on the exit and couldn’t get the power down as well as I could. We ended up in a drag race to the line – where I pipped him by five thousands of a second!
So fourth place in Race 3 as well, which means that after the first round I am joint fourth in the championship. We had that boost problem early on which we sorted, then had two really strong results and scored some points, which is the important thing. The team is in a really good place and we have something solid to build on.
We have three races worth of data and tyre wear to look at and are sure there’s more to come from the car. We are probably a couple of tenths down on ultimate pace, which we made up for at the weekend with good race strategy. But for the rest of the season we should be able to find the extra.
What does the first meeting tell us about the season ahead? That the racing is going to be manic for sure! There was some hard racing at the weekend, some of which was a bit silly but I am sure it was very entertaining to watch. But it did surprise me a little just how feisty the racing was. It’s normally a little bit calmer than this for the first weekend of the year.