Well, Donington didn’t quite go to plan…
Qualifying was the first time I had been out on track at Donington and despite numerous laps on the Xbox I wasn’t prepared for quite how much the elevation changes around the track. A few times I thought I had it down and ended up almost running on.
I ended up qualifying 33rd out of 37 so right at the back with the fastest lap of 1:54.188. best I could manage with less than 10 minutes of track time.
The first race on Saturday was just after a down pour, lovely … wet tyres were definitely in order. Within a lap of the race starting the safety car was out and a few riders down. A slow 4 laps followed where I just spent my time trying to pick out some reference points so I could try and get going as soon as the green flag was shown.
Once the green was finally shown I got dropped pretty quickly by the guys in front, Frustrated with myself I was really struggling to get to grips with the track. Luckily for me (not someone else), there was another set of yellows followed by a safety car and I used this opportunity to get back up with the pack in front again.
Once the green flag was shown and racing commenced again I was determined to not to get dropped and actually found myself gaining on the rider in front. however when the green flag was shown so was the last lap flag.
In a manic dash to the finish line, I was determined to try and take the rider in front. I could catch him little by little in the braking zones. As I closed in on him in the 3rd sector of the track he made and overtake so I had 2 riders to take. I managed to dive up the inside of the new rider and got back behind my original target. I was on his back wheel right up until the last hair pin but could make a move. I tried to get better drive out of the final hair pin but despite gaining on him quite quickly I didn’t make it past him till after the line. Ended the race in 25th
The Sunday’s qualifying was much nicer and after several slow laps the day before I managed to qualify 28th beating the rider I had been chasing the day before. Qualifying lap was 1:50.520 so managed to shave off 4 seconds over night and felt I had plenty more to save.
The bike how ever had other ideas and called it a day 2 laps into the first race and that was, unfortunately, the end of my weekend.
** update **
The bike is running once again ( Thanks to Glen Rixon from GRS racing) and once again we will be going into a race event without having turned a tyre there before our qualifying session( No point in making things easy for ourselves ). We will be giving it everything at the next event and aim to finish in the points!