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Trucking to Thruxton after Classic Cadwell

posted 10 Jun 2014, 14:33 by Kieren McDonald
Cadwell Park certainly lived up to expectations - a challenging but extremely crazy circuit! It offered everything with straights, flat out cornering, camber, mad gradients, next to zero run-off; it really was like a mini-Nurburgring as people have talked about. Looking forward to getting more track time in the future at Cadwell - would love to crack it properly - only perfection will do.

The weather was much calmer and nothing like the gazebo-blowing spectacle we faced at Brands Hatch -  a relief also, seeing as we had to set up on the grass.

It was great to have a free practice session 1st thing Saturday, especially as I didn't test, so a good time to try and learn what general direction I had to go in.  I came back in thinking I had a ton to learn - quite a lot to take in, including a few new bits on the car to get used to.

Qualifying session went as good as I could have hoped - 6th for 1st race and 5th for 2nd race so I was pretty happy with that.

I started Race 1 from the outside, had a reasonable start but then had to tuck back in behind Billison on the way up Coppice. I scrubbed far too much speed off when everyone braked going into Charlies so allowed the gap to form heading onto Park Straight. I closed back in on the exit of Park but had no room to make a move.  Into Gooseneck, almost hitting Billison as brakes were applied, then down the mammoth hill! Mountain and Hall Bends are absolutely fantastic with the gradient changes, tight twists and disappearing under through the trees.  Lap 3 Davies into the tyre wall before Barn after an incident with Thomas.  Later into the race, I took a spin in avoidance of a collision between Thomas and Billison at Gooseneck. Unfortunately something obviously took a knock and I was left with my rear brakes locked on for the remainder of the race - lucky to finish and my tyres not to explode! I ended Race 1 in p7, although it was a shame, as I had been running with the pack fighting for positions between 2nd-5th.

Race 2 was far less eventful and I ran an incident free race. The times were not as good as the 1st race but the car didn't feel quite so good.  I was really happy to get a 5th place finish - overall a good way to finish the weekend, even though some points did go amiss.

Next up is Rounds 7 & 8 at Thruxton, where we are supporting the Trucks series on 14th and 15th June - the calendar can be found here:  If you've never seen the Trucks drift, get yourself there - it is pretty amazing! Plus of course you get to see the Mini7 club put on a great show as always.

Many thanks to my sponsors, friends and family for all help and support. Some shiny new parts to fit from Mini Spares by Track, Road & Race. Engine unit is performing great as always from Selby Engineering so looking forward to the drag at Thruxton. Car is still looking great in my opinion from Classic and Custom Works.  Cracking pics from MB Race Photography. 

Thanks to all - here's to a great weekend - see you there!

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