I think the 60-mile double points race was a great idea, it gives something different for not only the fans but for the drivers, too. The championship has been in its current format for such a long time that it’s good to shake it up a bit. I wish they’d do a bit more like this, maybe once a year at different circuits. I’d like to see pitstops or even a full reversed grid after race two, or something similar. It whets the appetite for the fans and it keeps everything fresh.
The extra points from this year’s race certainly helped us close the gap to the top, we’re now joint fifth and 32 points away from the top of the standings. We’re there through consistency, not outright pace. I think I’ve driven cleverly throughout the year, but when you look at who’s currently around us – Team Dynamics, Jack Goff, Ash Sutton, Tom Ingram, they’re all very quick and if we want to mount a serious title charge from now, we really need to be challenging for the top six each week. We can’t just bank on one of them having bad luck, because we’re just as likely to suffer a same fate.
We need to look at getting quicker, and there are certainly areas we need to improve, but we also can’t overlook the fact that all rear-wheel-drive cars have been given an extra 30kg of weight this year after Ash won the title last season. Based on our data from across the year that’s worth about three tenths of a second – you take that away and we’re right back in the hunt, but it is what it is and we’ve got to work around it.
We go to Rockingham in two weeks and hopefully we can kickstart a strong run-in to the end of the season in Corby.
Andrew was talking to James Charman.