It all went to plan in the second race where I had a fantastic battle with a couple of Subarus and Rob [Collard, WSR teammate], and we ended up crossing the line in seventh. The weekend was looking up and we just kept chipping away in each race.
Alan Gow then pulled me out of the hat for the reverse grid, which was nice as I don’t think I’ve had a reverse grid pole since something like Croft in 2014. We made some big changes ahead of the race, and I really struggled with the tyres for the first few laps. I knew I had to defend and just wait for Adam Morgan, who was second in the Mercedes, to start to lose his front tyres. I was definitely not on the limit as the car felt quite bitey. Instead, I drove fast enough to keep the gap to Adam, but slow enough to look after my tyres. Eventually, they started to come in just as Adam’s started going, allowing me to get into a rhythm.
To have the Safety Car come out just a couple of laps from the end was annoying, but I knew that if I could get a good restart then I could just relax and take no risks. I did just that and ended up crossing the line with 1.7 seconds to spare ahead of Adam and Jason Plato’s Subaru.
Jason said afterwards that he’d have won the race if he “had the boost that the BMWs got”, and that’s absolute rubbish. The BMWs don’t have any advantage, especially if you look at the speed trap figures. If the boost on the Subarus is so shocking, then how come both James Cole and Ash Sutton both won races this weekend? Sutton also got the fastest lap in race three, running full success ballast, so they both must have driven out of their skins all day if Jason says it’s down to boost…