My first Academy day since collecting the Caterham arrived, and I made my way to Silverstone. The weather was horrendous on the journey and hadn’t improved by the time we arrived.
The rest of the day included a number of different slalom courses which had been marked out by cones. We were given three practice runs then had an added bit of pressure by being timed against the clock. This added a great bit of competition to the day. My slalom runs went well and I overheard the Caterham instructor mention that a couple of them were quick – nice to know you’re getting on OK!
At the start of the day Jennifer Grace, the championship coordinator, mentioned that a Super Slalom course would be set out and there would be trophies to the top three places. The course combined the two from the previous activities, and required excellent car control. We were allowed one practice run, and then one timed run.
Once everyone had finished their timed runs, Jennifer announced the results. From last place to 11th, my name wasn’t mentioned; already, I was pleased that I had made the top 10. In actual fact, I finished fifth overall and was four-tenths off second place. My goal had been to get into the top 10, so I was really chuffed with fifth place!
Castle Combe - Exclusive Test Day
The exclusive Caterham Academy Test Day took place at Castle Combe, a track we’d all visited before when we completed our ARDS race licence test, so we all had some experience.
When we attended the safety briefing, we were informed that the day would be run as a test day rather than a track day – meaning we could overtake anywhere we wanted. We were split into groups and I was allocated 15 minutes of track time every hour.
As the day went on there were plenty of cars spinning on the final corner. This one’s extremely important to get right because it can cost you a lot of time as you lead down the long run to Avon Rise, the first corner, which is where I had my one and only spin of the day.
During the last two sessions of the day I then had some great battles, with plenty of late braking and defensive driving. The test day was a success and I left the circuit feeling like I’d taken another step toward becoming competitive this year.
The next event for me is Round One of the Championship which will be at Aintree Race Circuit in Liverpool. I can't wait!