I am aware of most of these superstitions and will usually avoid going under ladders just to escape the chance of a wet sponge landing on me, yet I don’t really feel any impending doom if I spill some salt. However, this all suddenly changes when it comes to racing as I transform into the deacon of the superstition church.
The ritual will start in the morning where socks are sought based on their previous experience on a race track, and I will become agitated if anyone tries to help with my race belts when strapping into the car. The right foot has to be put in first and the HANS device fitted when seated in the car… all to aid victory and avoid a major crash.
The series this year sees a smaller grid than usual but the guys and girls out on track this year are more dedicated and determined than before. The Ginetta G20 series is still a very good stepping stone to British GT - and further racing challenges - so still attracts the rising talent across the UK. Rumours around the grid suggested that plenty of the top runners have been testing multiple times this year in an effort to conquer the championship, a luxury TeamPH cannot afford.
TeamPH have more of a fighting chance to compete with the young whippersnappers of racing – along with some experienced old hands – by running in the professional team of Academy Motorsport. Having knowledge and assistance throughout the day is a massive help, though I have to adjust my pre-race voodoo to cope with helping hands strapping me in and adjusting straps. For race one I shoo the mechanics away to prevent the bad luck and go back to my usual routine ready for lights out and the start of the Ginetta race season.
A first race demolition derby has started up front and with the help of some damaged Ginettas and a bit of fighting spirit I manage to climb back to 8th place by the end of the race and treat most of the event as pre-season testing. I am still missing pace in the middle sectors and the lap time is down on my fellow competitors so I decide a change in philosophy is needed for the second race.
This time I let the mechanics help with strapping in, I don’t think about which shoe to put on first and hard Gabba is deselected from the iPod as failed motivational music. This time I will change my driving and not my luck! Lights out and one lap in I have gained one place - this new method most be working. Second revolution into the Knickerbrook chicane and I turn left and suddenly another whack on the rear and off into a spin again.
Hopefully, now that the socks from this weekend’s racing have been binned and the PH calendar showing no Friday 13ths till November, my luck will change for the rest of the racing season… roll on Donington Park in two weeks – I will be avoiding peacocks, magpies, mirrors and salt until then… well hopefully, touch wood!
Race 1 Results
|1||Dominic Petit||Dominant Motorsport|
|2||Mark Davies||Optimum Motorsport|
|3||Andrew Smith||Optimum Motorsport|
|5||David Jackson||Optimum Motorsport|
|8||Peter Dignan||Academy Motorsport|
Race 2 Results
|1||Mark Davies||Optimum Motorsport|
|2||Andrew Smith||Optimum Motorsport|
|3||Dominic Petit||Dominant Motorsport|
|4||Russel McCarthy||McCarthy Motorpsort|
|5||Julian Barratt||Reflex Racing GB|
|6||Sean Huyton||Academy Motorsport|
|7||Peter Dignan||Academy Motorsport|