I’d had a fairly tough start to the championship at Brands Hatch and Donington so I had to kickstart my bid in Hampshire. Donington was hard, particularly as my team-mate Mat Jackson had such a stonking weekend. Still, at least we knew what was wrong so were able to make improvements for race three.
Coming into the weekend at Thruxton I felt under a bit of pressure to turn things around. With no weight in the car I expected to go well at a track I love. It’s such a fast and unforgiving place and hugely satisfying when you’re hooked up.
Qualifying eighth, sixth-tenths from pole, was a little bit disappointing, especially after topping the first free-practice session and being P2 in the second. The car felt OK in qualifying, we just couldn’t extract the ultimate one-lap pace out of it. We still need to work on that. I was confident with the bigger picture, though – the long-run pace, especially with the way Thruxton kills the front-left tyre.
The first race was one of the craziest I’ve ever been in. It was all a bit hairy, especially round the back of the circuit where it's really quick. For the first few laps I was just waiting for a hit. It all turned out to be a bit ‘right place, right time’.