If you play other sports you can get hurt and this can ruin a championship challenge. My mistake while playing soft ball the other week was to think the whole of my thumb can stop a fast moving ball all by itself. It can’t. As the thumb bent back to let the ball pass the tendon held onto the bone and pulled it apart to allow for the extra bend. The result – one fractured thumb and possible ligament damage.
I was still slightly worried that someone might stop me racing when they saw the blue cast on my hand, but scruitineers and race control alike just chatted about any broken bones they had suffered and into the car I jumped for the rest of the meeting. Now the only challenge to the thumb would be the taking on and off of a glove to cover it.
As I set out for qualifying I knew this was going to be a tight one and I tried hard to nail two perfect laps to put the car high up the grid for both races. As the electronic boards flickered with the results at the end of the race it showed the top 15 being separated by only 1.5 seconds. It was close and unfortunately Team PH showed up in 13th place.
The bright red lights extinguished for the first race and the car accelerated towards Copse. Through the psck I could see a red car spinning in the centre of the track and I swerved inside to avoid. Unfortunately two other cars weren’t so lucky and the resultant debris released the safety car to escort the pack for the clean-up operation.
Coming into the complex for the penultimate time I braked into Brooklands and shifted down into second. But second didn’t want to play and as I concentrated on trying to find the gear the backend stepped out and with a little nudge from 6th place I slid off the side of the track. My thumb may have survived while broken but the gearbox wasn’t so good while bust.
With fewer cars the first corner was negotiated without incident and the pack streamed through the outfield. Coming into priory and a slight tap on Gary Simms sent him spinning in the middle of the track but this time no one collected the stranded car and the field flanked either side.
I wouldn’t recommend breaking a thumb to improve your racing, but for me it seemed to work for this race meeting. I am now working out what I need to injure to make the top three.
|2||51||Russel||McCarthy||McCarthy Motorsport||+ 1.493|
|4||9||Gary||Simms||Optimum Motorsport||+ 4.046|
|5||3||Julian||Barratt||Reflex Racing GB||+ 5.522|
|6||99||Phil||Sykes||Speedworks Motorsport||+ 13.902|
|8||56||Henry||Fletcher||Rob Austin Racing||+ 19.479|
|9||6||Matthew||Flowers||Optimum Motorsport||+ 22.022|
|10||5||Steve||Rigby||Reflex Racing GB||+ 24.011|
|3||3||Julian||Barratt||Reflex Racing GB||+ 0.686|
|5||51||Russel||McCarthy||McCarthy Motorsport||+ 16.671|
|7||5||Steve||Rigby||Reflex Racing GB||+ 29.190|
|8||58||Martin||Jones||Hepworth International||+ 42.551|
|9||9||Gary||Simms||Optimum Motorsport||+ 42.979|
|10||56||Henry||Fletcher||Rob Austin Racing||+ 43.290|