Brands Hatch GP (Final Round)
The last round of the year brought us to Brands Hatch GP circuit and after a fairly successful Donington Park I was confident I would be able to end the year strongly. This round was important as I needed to finish in the points to secure a top 10 finish in the championship. During this time of year it is not unusual to have some wet sessions throughout the weekend, which unfortunately happened Friday through to Saturday, but luckily the weather held off for the race.
Both Free Practice sessions were wet, which allowed us to gain a bit if confidence in the wet ready for qualifying. I stayed out the whole session building lap on lap, but unfortunately the red flag came out with 4 minutes to go as I started to push that little bit harder. This meant the session got cut short, putting me 13th on the grid for the race.
Coming into the race I knew if the conditions were dry I would hopefully be able get a strong start and fight for a top 10 finish. I got a good start and maintained my position into the first corner, however, the pack closed together into druids where I was on the outside pushing me back a few positions. The front group managed to get away but I was able to keep the same pace as the leaders, I was just too far behind to close the gap. I ended having a good battle with another rider for 12th place having a very close finish splitting myself and them by 0.047 of a second.
Overall this year has been a great year for learning and continuing to develop my skills on a 600. Next year I will be stepping up onto a GP2 machine ridding for Nova racing who will be able to transfer their knowledge and experience over the last few years. A massive thank you has to go out to my team Jones Dorling racing for all their support over the past 2 years. These have been some of the greatest years of my racing career and I’ve enjoyed every second with the team. I wish all at JDR a great future!