Anglian Home Improvements sponsored driver Jack Piper reports from Brands Hatch prior to tomorrows race;
“I was really looking forward to coming to Brands Hatch because it’s such a famous circuit. The first thing we did when we arrived on Friday morning was walk the track. Having done many laps of Brands on the X-box prior to the weekend I knew the famous Padock Hill bend was going to be tough, but I didnt expect it to be anywhere near as steep as we stood looking down at the track below!
Once again, having never driven the track before it was very important for me to do as many laps as possible on Friday before qualifying on Saturday. All in all, Friday went very well; I got steadily faster throughout the day and felt confident about continuing the progress into Saturday.
Qualifying didn’t exactly go to plan to start with. With the benefit of brand new tyres it’s always importantto get the most out of them early on in the session. With this in mind I was instructed to spend no longer than two laps warming them up, before setting a fast lap. But on my third lap, having carried a lot more speed into the second corner, I also tried to brake later – and harder. Consequently, I locked up my front tyres and drifted into the gravel through turn two at Druids. This meant we had to sit out the rest of the session and have to start race one from the back of the grid.
Qualifying Two was a lot better. Having put the disappointment of the earlier session behind me I was able to set my fastest time of the weekend, enough for 15thplace on the grid. Given the experience of the drivers around us, both the team and me felt this was very encouraging as we move closer to the rest of the pack with each session.
Because of the nature of the circuit here at Brands the whole grid is very close. Not only is a tenth of a second splitting two or three positions, but many places are separated by hundredths. It should therefore make for a very exciting day on Sunday, with the prospect of moving up some places from the back in race one; and again a good chance of making further progress through the field in race two.”
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