Heading up to Knockhill, which is a great little track that always provides great racing and rewards an attacking style, I needed some decent results to make up for the poor weekend at Snetterton in the previous round.
And, sadly, after a good start to the first free-practice session, things got tricky. After I nailed three or four flying laps, to set the sixth-quickest time, the suspension collapsed after the end of a driveshaft came off in the stub axle and took the wheel off. It pitched me off at Clark, the right hander after the chicane. The damage was fairly light but it left us with quite a lot to do.
Overall, though, I was pretty pleased with the car. It’s a confidence thing and the Motorbase Focus was in the ballpark, as it has been for most of the year. We tried a few Knockhill-specific things for FP2 and I had top-six in my mind for qualifying.
It’s a short lap at Knockhill, with precious few passing places, so it’s important to start as far forward as possible. Qualifying was pretty good for us. It was one of the best of the season, to be honest, with no problems. I love qualifying at this place, actually; you get so many laps in and nibble away at the times. We were second-quickest of the front-wheel-drive cars, to Tom Ingram’s Toyota, which was only a few tenths up the road. The rear-drive cars have a real advantage at this circuit. As the cliché goes, I did as much as I could with what I had.