We were quickest for most of the first practice session, dropping down to third right at the end, and I genuinely felt like we were on to a winner. I was faster than [West Surrey Racing team-mates] Colin [Turkington] and Rob [Collard]. We felt really comfortable in the wet, and I ended the session feeling like we were right on the money and in a nice position.
We went out for FP2 in high spirits, with some old tyres on and were going through the motions. Then the turbo oil scavenge pump stopped working, meaning I had to come back in and basically park it due to the amount of work needed to swap them over, thanks to the awkward nature of replacing it.
It was a real mad-dash to get out for qualifying but the guys managed to get the car fixed and ready for the start of the session. However, unfortunately, the replacement pump was faulty, causing it to fill the turbo with oil instead of sucking it out. The result was the car started billowing out smoke, I was black flagged and had to sit and watch the rest of the session.
What makes it even more frustrating is that, if you look at the times across the weekend, had things gone to plan qualifying could quite easily have seen us in the top six. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be and we ended up having to start race one from 30th on the grid.
Race one was just one of those races where absolutely nothing went my way. No matter which way I went it was always the wrong choice and the gaps just didn’t open. Following on from the theme of Saturday afternoon it was just really frustrating. That being said we made progress and crossed the finish line in 21st, an improvement but still not where we wanted to be.