Like slipping into a comfortable pair of shoes

The story of my free practice 1 and 2; Renault UK Clio Cup

Friday, 16 September dawned very wet and a little windy at Silverstone. Not ideal conditions then to venture out for free practice. Remember this is my return to the Clio Cup since my successful foray to the championship at Silverstone this time last year. 

Despite the wet weather, the forecast for the remainder of the weekend is dry, so running in the wet wasn’t of huge importance. This was confirmed by the six slow laps I did, tip-toeing around the course. Other drivers weren’t so fortunate, so I returned to the relative comfort of the Team Pyro pit. We’d work on the set up for Free Practice 2 taking place later in the afternoon. 

The car looked stunning in its blue and white colour in deference to title sponsor RTech Welding. The brand logos of Alf Turner ABE Ledbury Essential Financial Tulip Food Service Renault UK Iconic Racing and Oliver Myles Marketing glistening in the late summer sunshine as we prepared for the green light of FP2. 

It was like I’d never been away. Instantly running in the top 3, and comfortably so. The car felt great in what was a mini-race run. A change to some brand new tyres came just at the wrong moment as a red flag put pay to a good lap on new rubber. But the pace was there and I was straight into the groove and this gives me huge encouragement for what will come in qualifying tomorrow morning and then race 1 in the afternoon. 

Team Pyro has set up my car and prepared it superbly; this too adds to the anticipation. Anything can happen in the race, so I will do my best in qualifying and stay out of trouble in race 1. Wish me luck.

Right, time for a bit of a debrief, a meal and then an early night.