My First Race Is Approaching!
“Life is racing. Anything before or after is just waiting” – Steve McQueen
After a lot of waiting as my car is being built and prepared, a lot has happened all of a sudden.
We decided to set a target of entering the last round of the UK Formula Vee Championship at Donington Park on 4/5 October 2014. It would still be a bit tight, but having a target forces you to push, so with exactly one month to go, I paid my entry fees… and then went to Spain for a couple of weeks.
This meant that whilst Glenn was working away at the car, I still hadn’t even sat inside it yet – until only last night, with less than 2 weeks before the first race!
I was expecting the car to feel uncomfortable and awkward, and was pleasantly surprised to find it quite comfortable. The seating position is almost perfect for me for the steering wheel and pedals, and once I’d contortioned myself around the chassis and dropped into the seat the car fit me quite well.
I did find that changing from 3rd to 4th gear means my knuckles brush against a metal tube, so will be expecting a bit of pain after a few hours pounding around trying not to cock up the right handed gear shifts.
Which leads me nicely on to testing.
We are hoping to do the morning session at Mallory Park in *panics a bit* 2 days time! This looks a bit tight, so we may revise that and try and get a day at Llandow. Failing that, it will have to be the test day at Donington Park 2 days before the actual race!
I’m prepared to do that, but I think things would be much better if I can have some time in the car just to get used to the feel of it. I have no idea what to expect from a single seat race car – except that it will be very different to anything I’ve ever experienced before.
If I can get a few hours driving on my own, and be comfortable with that, then maybe I can aim to do more at Donington than stay out of everyone’s way and get the car home in one piece.
I hope to get cameras onto the car (or even a helmet camera) for the testing, so that will be up on YouTube, and will also be studied to help me improve as much as I can in this short window we have before the race.
I’m not expecting to sleep much before that!