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Start of things to come . . .

Posted by Nathan Ward on May 3, 2010 at 10:18 PM

The second race of the 2010 season saw a later start for the Castle Combe Formula Ford�s. With qualifying in the mid morning and no race until 15:30 it made a nice change to not have to be at the track in the early hours. The qualifying session was a difficult one due to a busy track with backmarkers at every corner and I was also struggling to find rear end grip. I ended up qualifying in 19th overall and 6th in class. Clearly there was some work to be done in the race.

 

The long break between sessions allowed time for the car to be fully checked and no problems were found with any of the suspension geometry or brake distribution.

 

As I lined up on the grid, it felt like a long way from the start line although I was really in the middle of the pack. After an eventful green flag lap, where the field had to navigate its way around the stricken pole man, I was aiming for a good start which would allow places to be regained into the first corner.

 

After a monster of a start, I found myself leapfrogging two rows of cars by the time I reached the first corner, and tucked myself to the inside of the track in order to defend my position. Unfortunately I hit a patch of still damp tarmac which sent me round the first corner sideways although I was able to hold position and only lost three tenths of a second in the process.

 

The rest of the race was spent battling with two A class drivers as we picked our way through the field until the flag came out and I had finished 10th overall and 3rd in class. After a fantastic race it was a real bonus to have won a class trophy and I am now running joint 8th in the overall championship and 3rd in class.

 

Many thanks to all my supporters in attendance and I hope to continue the success at the next event in 3 weeks time.

 

Nathan

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