And that’s where the diff change comes in. The boys put Mat’s spare diff in the car and it was immediately better – I could tell as I drove round on the out-lap to the grid. The car came alive for that one, but I was mindful of looking after the tyres; the pace was good for about four laps and then they started dropping off.
I held on for 10th place after some good battling in the final few laps. The Focus finally felt like it should, so I think it was the dodgy diff! We’ll look at it this week – and then possibly throw it away!
It was a frustrating weekend and we dropped a lot of points, although at least I actually scored some in every race. In three weeks we’re off to Thruxton, which is my favourite track. I love that place – it’s proper! You’ve got to run the car with a bit of free will so that you don’t chew the tyres. You need to really float around that place and let it come to you. I’ve had pole there for three of the past four years and I’ve still got the lap record so I think I’ve got it taped.
I’m really looking forward to kickstarting my season in Hampshire after the issues at Donington. That’s racing though, isn’t it? You can’t expect a mega weekend every time; you have to mitigate against the problems and make the most of when it all slots into place.
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