Jack Piper’s Season Finale:
My season ended in fast and furious style at the ultra high speed Thruxton in Hampshire, a circuit which is pretty much flat out all the way. It’s also a track where everything happens on one day.
There’s no Friday practice, no Saturday qualifying, just one busy day of action on the Sunday, which makes it even more of a challenge given the first thing you do is qualifying on Sunday morning
Even then, we’re only allowed one 20-minute session, instead of the usual two at other tracks. Fortunately, the weather was brilliant, lovely and sunny, unlike the last time I was at Thruxton a year ago when there was a torrential downpour.
My clutch kept slipping during qualifying which meant we were down on power at times. My best lap came right at the end of the session, taking me to13th on the grid out of 18 starters which wasn’t too bad in the circumstances.
I got away well in race one and traded places with a couple of guys in the opening part of the race. It was good fun but the safety car had to come out half way through bunching us right up. I was running 12th at that stage which where I stayed after the re-start.
The second race was really frustrating. I made another decent start, moving up a place before the first corner, but straight after that a car in front threw a load of oil up right in my face. We don’t have the luxury of tear off strips on our visors at this level, so I tried to wipe the oil off with my glove, only to make things worse.
I spent the next few laps unable to see much more than a dark smudge. I was doing OK until I came round a bend into the bright low sun and couldn’t see a thing. Next thing I knew I’d clipped the grass and spun off.
Thankfully, no damage was done but it wrecked any chance I had of a top ten place in championship, which would have been great. In the end, I came twelfth; a mid-table finish which I guess isn’t too bad in my first full season in the series.
So that’s the season over. I must say a huge thanks to everyone at Anglian for your fantastic support, especially everyone who’s been kind enough to come along to see me this year. I really enjoyed it and hope you did too!
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