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Snetterton 300 Formula Vee – Preparation and not wanting to be there
My second ever race weekend, with the goal of finishing all the sessions intact and getting signatures for my licence upgrade.
We chose not to test the day before, and set off at 5am for the long drive to Snetterton in horrible weather conditions.
At the circuit I had a quick chat to the other drivers, then signed on attended the New Drivers Briefing.
When getting the car scrutineered, I forgot to bring my signing on sheet, then forgot my gloves and balaclava, then had to trek back across the paddock yet again to fetch my camera mounting, before getting a mild bollocking about my tinted visor.
We were called to the assembly area quicker than I expected, so I donned all my kit and then found the car was totally dead!
Glenn shorted across the starter motor with a screwdriver, and luckily it fired up, so I shot through the paddock, not knowing where the Hell I was going, before eventually catching up with everyone after asking for directions (thanks for pointing me in the right direction, Steve Ough!)!
I sat in the holding area with all the other cars, staring out across a very wet track, and was fully aware that I did not want to be there at all. I don’t really know what it was, but I wasn’t happy with anything.
I’d struggled to find any videos showing the 300 layout, and only done that last minute, so didn’t really know where the track went. I worried I’d be far too slow, or just spin off everywhere, and miserably decided to trundle around and try to qualify for the (forecast) dry races.
I had a feeling I wouldn’t even get the car back safely…
I took one last deep breath and tried to force myself to focus, and then followed the pack onto the puddle-filled tarmac for my first ever lap of Snetterton, and my first time ever on a wet track with all the other Vees…
Of course, then I stalled it.