Posted on Mar 27th, 2015
Counting the Days….
I’m literally counting the days to the opening round of the British GT Series, at Oulton Park, this weekend. It’s hard to believe I will soon be competing for the GT4 title in the Beechdean Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
Since I last wrote, the preparations have been going to plan. Ross Gunn has joined as my team mate and the Team did two days testing in Monteblanco, near Seville in Spain. I’d never driven the circuit before, but I really enjoyed it – a great opportunity to get to know the car and the Team, not to mention the glorious weather. We were able to complete quite a lot of mileage and my understanding of the car is improving each time I get behind the wheel.
The dynamics within the Beechdean AMR Team are excellent, and Ross and I work very well together. With the data we are able to share, we’re already pushing each other. We have also started developing the car, and we have been working very closely with our engineer, Dave Brewer, to optimise the car to suit our joint requirements.
Last Wednesday, I attended the British GT Media Day at Brands Hatch. It’s great news that the GT4 grid is at capacity again this year and, now the entry list is confirmed, I think it’s fair to say that the field will be a very closely matched, which I am sure will make for some fantastic racing. We are under no illusions about the task ahead, but I’m confident we have the right ingredients for a successful challenge.
In order to move up to British GT I had to upgrade my licence to the required ‘International C’. This necessitated completing six qualifying races. However, in March, there aren’t many events and I found myself in an eclectic mix of race series, driving a T-car, Porsche 944, Caterham, Peugeot touring car, MX5 and, believe it or not, a Citroen 2CV! My objective was simply to finish, so I couldn’t really push for results – all good experience though with all the cars returned in one piece! And, a big thank you to all those who helped, in particular; Alan Kessie, Mcmillan Motorsport, Tim Ward, Andy Johnson and Roddison Motorsport.
Aston Martin Racing Evolution Academy
There’s another piece of news I’m delighted to be able to share – I’ve been invited to be part of the 2015 Aston Martin Racing Driver Evolution Academy. The Academy is Aston’s young driver programme, and provides specialised support and guidance to selected drivers hoping to pursue a professional career in racing. It’s a real privilege to be representing Aston Martin and I’ll be working hard to set the best example as a brand ambassador. Further information can be found here.
Until then it is back to reality and studying for my ‘A’ level exams after the Easter holiday.