After the braking problems encountered at Silverstone we changed the front callipers, disks, lines and pads and we also changed the rear pads and disks. With so many changes we decided it would be a good idea to go testing before the race at Oulton Park.
We went out for the first session just after lunch, with the aim of re familiarising myself with the circuit. The car felt quick and I started to turn some quick times, but the brakes began to fade after around 15minutes again. We let the car cool down then bleed the brakes and adjusted the way the vents in the reservoir cap were working. I went out for another session later in the day and the brakes were significantly better and I started to feel confident about the next day.
The yellow peril is a Porsche 964 cup car that was modified for British GT, and is now a wide bodied 964 turbo. Over the winter we converted the car to run on a Motec m800 ecu. We also had the differential rebuilt and some other minor enhancements.
We headed to Snetterton for a shake down on 3rd May. The test went well and we put in some fast lap times that we were pleased with. We still have some issues with the brakes, which is slowing us down and its something we will have to sort out before the next test day.
Qualifying: The weather was fine and dry, which made a nice change from last year’s torrential rain. Qualifying didn’t go to plan. After 4 laps the throttle linkage failed and I ground to a halt at the right hander of Beckets. On the last of the 4 laps I did the fastest lap I have ever done at Silverstone, which put me 11th on the grid.
I spent the next 2 hours with my head in the footwell trying my best to bodge the throttle linkage back together. With about 30 minutes before the race I managed to get the linkage back together and the floor back in the car ready to race.
Race: Lining up on the grid I was expecting the throttle linkage to fall apart after the first couple of laps. So the plan was to go out and enjoy the start and the hectic opening laps and if I get any further it would be a bonus.
I made a good start and made up a few places in the opening laps. My fastest lap was the 3rd lap of the race, and it was all down hill after that. Having only 4 laps in qualifying and parking out on track meant I wasn’t able to set tyre pressures for the race, we also didn’t take into account the rise in temperature in the afternoon. The tyres pressures were set way too high and after 3 laps the tyres started to go off, as the tyres started to overheat this caused the brakes to also overheat, and after the first 10 minutes of the race I had to start to nurse the car home.
In the pit stop we decided to drop the tyre pressures, they were so high the stop took about 20 seconds longer than it should have. This left me with some work to do after the stop and I set about making up some positions. I worked my way back up to 10th overall and 2nd in class. With a quickly deteriorating car I was very pleased to see the chequered flag.