After the overwhelming success of a two race win at Anglesey, spirits were high for the next round at the iconic Brands Hatch.
In typical British Summer weather, torrential rain during the Friday practice session brought out the red flag after Lee and several of the other drivers aqua planed of the track and hit the gravel trap.
It was Lee’s first time competing at Brand Hatch and with little practice he took to the circuit on the Saturday qualifying like a veteran achieving his 6th pole position of the season with a half second lead over last year’s champion. Lee said “after a damper and wing change to suit the conditions the car was planted I felt like I could do anything with it, I knew pole was possible from the onboard telemetry as I saw the times tumble.
The Saturday afternoon race was a classic lights to flag win, Lee produced a phenomenal start and held the race lead for 26 laps, while behind several cars were involved in contentious collisions but luckily with no serious injuries. So with pole, fastest lap and a win, a perfect Saturday.
Sunday’s qualifying for race 2 in perfect conditions and a second pole of the weekend.
With massive wheel spin at the start and on cold tyres Lee’s opening pace was ballistic opening up a 4 second lead in only 6 laps. Disaster on lap 7 with smoke bellowing from the engine and oil all over the track Lee headed into the pits for his second DNF of the season.
Lee was quite pragmatic, “I’m gutted but that’s racing I am pushing the car to the absolute limit, but should be good footage from the on-board cameras”. I gave the rest of the grid the 007 treatment smoke screen and oil slick – shame it didn’t quite work.
Next race is 20th September at Cadwell, this will give us much needed time to secure extra funds and get the car back on the track.
At least we are still leading the championship with 315 points and are still searching for businesses to partner with so our race car and team can become an advert for your company.