Turns out that something had broken a sensor on the gearbox, which caused it to leak onto the front tyres. I only just got to the finish – another lap and that would’ve been that.
The Motorbase boys did a staggering job between races. It was a full-on, engine-out job. In fact, we only got out for race two because it was delayed by 10 minutes. It was that close.
The trouble was, all the attention had gone on the gearbox issues so we didn’t get any set-up tweaks done. It was a case of ‘we’re lucky just to be here so anything is a bonus’. I dropped down to ninth, but still scooped seven points. They could be crucial come the year’s end.
For race three, I was again hoping for some reversed-grid-draw luck but didn’t get any. It was wet and the car felt good in those conditions. I like the wet, too – must be something to do with my rallycross upbringing. Starting from ninth, I settled down well and picked off a few cars. I then got two more on the last lap to seal fifth and another chunk of points.
Moving up from sixth to fourth was a great result. It validates the thinking that you have to score as often as you can in this championship. I’m 22 points off Matt Neal in third, which is a fair chunk, but anything can happen in the BTCC and usually does!
We’ve got a Dunlop tyre test at Snetterton in the week after the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the BTCC shootout. I’m looking forward to getting some more pace out of the Focus before we race at Snett at the end of July.