Jack Piper reports into the Anglian Blog ahead of a big race day tomorrow at Snetterton raceway.
Saturday July 31
“At last we’ve arrived at the biggest weekend of the season, my home race at Snetterton, but I can only hope my luck improves tomorrow after a tough day in qualifying.
Heavy rain in the morning meant the first session was wet. I’m normally happy about driving in the rain, but it’s been a long time since we’ve been in wet conditions and I have to admit we struggled to hook things up, which was really frustrating after a strong test in dry conditions at Brands Hatch on Friday.
I pushed as hard as I could and improved my lap times throughout the session but then lost it at the final chicane on the penultimate lap. By the time I’d recovered the chequered flag came out just before I had the chance to start one more flying lap, so I had to settle for 15th place.
The second qualifying session started just after lunch with the track drying out. It was a close decision whether to go on slicks or wets, but just about everyone decided to stay safe with wets. I was determined to get a couple of quick early laps in, but got caught out under the bridge and ended up in a 360 spin and clipped the front wing.
I pitted straight away but the damaged was too bad to continue without a new nose cone. The team worked as quickly as they could to replace the nose and wing but I returned to the track and missed the chance of completing a flying lap by a few seconds.
That was huge pity because the track was basically dry by then and we’d put slick tyres on. I had a lot of grip and think I could have comfortably posted a top ten time if I’d been able to do at least one flying lap.
Like I say, a very frustrating day. Hopefully it can only get better tomorrow”.
Keep an eye out on the blog for the very latest from Snetterton after tomorrow’s race day.
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