I know it’s been a few weeks since my last blog. This is not due in any way to lack of activity but rather lack of time! I’ve competed in a couple of Protyre Formula Renault BARC events, been busy working with Ryan Cullen on his British and European Formula Ford campaign, have driven in a charity karting event for Help For Heroes, worked at some kart meetings and managed to keep the day job going on top of all of that!
We’ve made some good progress in the Protyre BARC Formula Renault campaign and I’m pleased to report that I am currently leading the championship. I raced at Thruxton for the first time last weekend – in fact it was the first time I had actually been there at all and was delighted to win the first race. I looked set to do the double and win race two when unfortunately Josh Webster ran into the back of me and pushed me into a spin in a move that commentator Brian Jones described in his live commentary as “over ambitious”.
I was therefore disappointed that there was no marshal’s incident report but we won’t dwell too long on it. These things happen in motor racing and I am experienced enough to have the mindset to deal with it. Besides, you usually find that these things will even themselves out over the course of a season.
The Thruxton result followed a strong performance at Rockingham where we delivered double runner-up podium spots, so all in all things are going pretty good in a campaign that looked as though it wouldn’t be starting at all just over a couple of months ago. I’d like to say thank you to Patrick Cullen Motorsport and Cliff Dempsey Racing for all their work to date to get me this far.
I was privileged to compete in the annual Karting 4 Heroes event at Buckmore Park (in aid of Help For Heroes) where my services were auctioned off to what I’m pleased to say became the winning team – it may have been a bit embarrassing if they hadn’t won! But I really enjoyed it. I love karting and it’s great to raise money for a worthy cause. I’m looking forward to driving in similar events for Haven House Children’s Hospice and The Henry Surtees Foundation later this year.
So we won’t be taking our foot off the gas as we have busy period ahead between now and my next race at Croft in July. Between now AND then I have three European Formula Ford events to help AT as well as some big karting fixtures and the British Grand Prix to attend which I am really looking forward to.
Finally I’d like to say a big get well soon to my friend Laura Tillet. That was a spectacular crash you had at the weekend so I’m very relieved to hear that you are ok. Coincidentally my brother Jon was helping Laura’s brother Archie at the same time at his karting event Buckmore Park so the news that Laura was not seriously hurt was a great relief to everyone. I’m sure she is on the mend and giving dad a Steve even more of a hard time as I speak
Will be blogging again soon.