Born to Race
After the 3rd round of the Formula Jedi Championship at Snetterton, I have decided to pull out of the championship after several problems taking away my championship hopes. However, I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for everyone in the championship and wish them all the best. For the remainder of the season I will be competing in the Mini Challenge Cooper Pro class with Excelr8 Motorsport. I have recently had my first test day in my new car and it was very fun! It was my first experience with front wheel drive so it was extremely different to what I’ve been used to, but by the end of the day I was loving every lap and learning more and more about pushing the car to its limits. I have several test days planned ready for my first race at the Oulton Park Mini Festival in August. This is a big change as well as a challenge for me, but I’m feeling confident that this is a good move in my career and will enable me to have more fun and enjoy the racing. I’d just like to say a big thank you to my parents and sponsors for making this happen; DA Construction & Joinery and The German Connection. Special mention has to go to Sean and SG Auto Tints for the amazing design and wrap on my new Mini - looks amazing! Finally, to everyone who has been supporting me through the transition from moving race class - I am working hard to get the results that everyone wants!
I went into the weekend aware that it would be a challenge, having never been to the circuit before. Though, I went to iZone a couple of times prior to the event to get my head around the lines, braking points etc. I had limited running on Friday due to a problem with the car in the first session which took out some time of the second session whilst the team were working on fixing it. The afternoon was a lot more positive, with my times coming down each lap and we ended the day satisfied with my progress in such a short space of time. Saturday came and we began the day with Qualifying and after a few warm up laps, I started to set some personal best lap times, until disaster struck. A terminal issue with my engine arose just 5 laps into the session – putting me out for the rest of qualifying. I was sitting in 5th but dropped to 8th as other car went faster at the end. The team worked incredibly hard to get the car ready (just!) for race 1. However, with a fresh engine in, the first two races I was off the pace and lacked a lot of confidence in the car. I sorted my head out for the last race and kept with the pack fighting for 4th to 11th and ended up 7th. I was pleased with the last race as I was right on the pace of those who have raced at the circuit many times and at a track that is so narrow to overtake, it was extremely fun racing wheel to wheel. Thank you to my sponsors SG Auto Tint who came to watch me as well as my family and friends. The next round is Snetterton – my home track so I’m hoping to be back on the podium!
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After a long winter break, the first round finally arrived and I was very excited. It was a great start to the 2017 season. I finished in P4 in qualifying on Saturday and then had a tough race 1, finishing P6. This left me disappointed. I went into Sunday feeling confident in myself. I started on P3 and made a good start. After a few laps I had dropped to 4th, but then another car dropped oil on the circuit and caused some other drivers to spin off. Luckily, I kept a cool head and kept lapping consistent times and found myself in 2nd place! I secured my first podium finishing in P2 and I am now sitting in 4th in the overall standings after the first weekend. We now go onto Cadwell Park, a circuit that I have never been to. It is going to be challenging, but I am feeling confident and ready for it!
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I haven’t been very active on my blog for far too long now, and its time I explained what’s going on in my racing career. After the 2016 season, I wanted to move on from single seaters, and particularly researched into the UK Clio Cup. But, as I am now 18, I needed to think long and hard about what I really wanted to do with my life. Continue chasing the dream of being a ‘racing driver’ and move further up the motorsport ranks – or think about what I really need to do in order to give myself the best chances in life. For the past few years, I always considered my back up plan from racing to be media based (as I love to write, read and watch videos) so this prompted me to look into University. I found a course which sounded perfect for me; Sports Studies & Multimedia Journalism, which would allow me to be trained in radio, online journalism, TV and magazines. I attended the Open Day at Northampton University and discovered just how much I wanted to study this course – particularly specialising in Motorsport as this is still a massive part of my life. I have applied and I really hope that I am able to start this year!
So, this brings me to my racing – what will I be doing then? As I am now committing myself to my studies and education, the time, effort, and money won’t be worth spending on competing in a new championship. Therefore, as we already own the car I raced last year, and I have gained knowledge from 2016 on how to race this car, I will be participating in the Formula Jedi Championship again for 2017 - and I’m sure I’ll do the odd kart race too! After gaining so much confidence from the first to the last round last year in Formula Jedi, I am going to be pushing hard for podiums and wins this year. My training for the season has begun, and I have been dedicating a lot of time to my fitness; up in the early hours of the morning to workout before getting to work for 8:30am. I am also looking for new partners to work with for 2017, companies that can actually benefit from supporting me. If you want to find out what I can offer, please do head over to the contact page and send me an email!
I guess that’s it for now then, I will be sure to keep my blog updated throughout the year. Thanks for reading!
I have now completed my first ever test in a single seater, round Silverstone National!
It was in the MSA Formula car, ran by Richardson Racing. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, getting used to the car and feeling more confident after each session. My simulator work made it easier to get used to the track, its now just about me building up more confidence in the car.
From the test, i also learnt what aspects of my fitness I need to work on, particularly my neck and legs - plenty of work is going to be put in at the Atrium Club!
I'd like to say a massive thank you to my Dad for giving me this fantastic opportunity, and also to all at Richardson Racing for making me feel welcome and comfortable! Can't wait for the next test already!