You may have noticed a distinct lack of, well, me, on the entry lists for Cadwell Park this weekend.
I can confirm that we won’t be there, this time.
Frustrating as it is, we have to remember that racing is only a hobby for me (unless there are any spare F1 or GT drives going?), and there are still some more important things in and around Racing Team Vee that we’re still in the process of sorting out before we can re-focus on racing.
I’m sure you will all understand that these are difficult times, but we do fully intend to be back as soon as possible!
Croft, next month? To be totally honest, it still seems a bit shakey, but if it is at all possible it’s a track I love so you can bet it’s still on the cards…
Good luck to all the Formula Vee drivers this weekend – you’ll see a few familiar faces returning to the grid along with some brand new to us. The races are being live streamed on video from the 750 Motor Club website, so be sure to take a look.
I had been dubiously awaiting the latest Covid announcement, but Motorsport UK have give the go-ahead for club racing to start on 29 March 2021. Of course, this will always be subject to any further lockdowns or restrictions, but with the vaccine working its way through the general population I think we’re all feeling much more positive about where things are heading.
In my time off, you’ll probably be unsurprised to hear that I’ve still spent every day obsessed by racing, so although my seat time has suffered, I’ll be coming into this season more prepared than ever, and also much more hungry!
I have been sim racing lots using iRacing, especially driving the Skip Barber car which is probably the closest to a Formula Vee, and have a few more changes going on which should boost my performance.
You may have seen my name pop up on the list of iZone Performance drivers. This is something else that has been a huge change, as I have been active in their daily Zoom training in all aspect of improving my performance – physically, technically, and especially mentally. This training has been amazing, not just for racing, but for strength and motivation in everyday life through this pandemic. Go check them out!
The iZone coaches have also reinforced some realisations that I was slowly coming to myself about approaching things from a much stricter and more structured way, and I have a few more essential things to sort out for the next time I get back in the car.
It’s an exciting time, and you can of course expect blogs, videos and lots more from me and my social media accounts along the way. Feel free to contact me if you would like to get onboard as a sponsor or support me and the team in any way, or if you think I can help you or your brand.
And again, in case I don’t say it enough, if you’re reading this then thank you! I love your support and words of encouragement and am eternally grateful to have you all with me!
I was hoping for a surprise end of year blog to say we’re getting out there for a race, but unfortunately that hasn’t happened.
Glenn and myself have decided to call time on the 2020 Formula Vee championship so that we can concentrate on other things and look towards racing in 2021.
It’s been a very weird year, to say the least, and I hope you are all safe and well?
Glenn has still been very busy this year caring for his brother and dealing with the day to day aspects of his business during the Covid-19 lockdown, and I’ve been kept busy working from home in my day job.
The Sheane is very close to ready, and just needs the engine to be put back together and a bit of paint on the nosecones to be raceworthy, so the plan was always to sit back and see what happened and maybe jump in to do the last rounds at Oulton and Donington.
Watching from afar, it seems like Motorsport UK and 750 Motor Club have done an amazing job getting things moving around the Covid restrictions whilst still keeping everyone safe. That has been great to see how the whole sport (and world?) can adapt so quickly to make the most of things.
It’s been great to see so many new names high up the leaderboard of the Vee races this season, and of course a well-earned (at last!) congratulations to James Harridge for winning the 2020 title already with an almost flawless 6 wins from 7 races in the home-built Maverick.
It’s been frustrating not to be out there racing, but Racing Team Vee are equally feeling the loss of the Formula Vee paddock family.
I will be carrying the Primrose Hospice and Birmingham Super Prix Project logos on the car, so am eager to get their names out there again for the great work they’re both doing and help build support.
We hope to see you all back out there for 2021, in a more normal world, and wish you all the best!
Despite not being able to get out on track this season, things have still been moving behind the scenes, and it’s great to be able to help raise awareness for a local project for this legendary motorsport event from my childhood.
The Birmingham Superprix Project is a multi-platform project focusing on images, footage, memorabilia, social media, collaboration’s & events related to the history of Britain’s pioneering legal city street race.
80,000 people crowded onto the city centre streets for the August bank holiday from 1987 to 1990 to watch F3000, British Touring Car Championship, TVR Tuscan’s, Formula Ford 1600 and others racing around a track that took in the Bristol Road, Bromsgrove Street and Pershore Road.
Please go and ‘like’ their page on Facebook and show your support – you’ll also find regular pictures and videos of the events and plans for where it will lead in the future!
I’ll be bringing the Superprix name back to the track (if not the actual event!) for 2020 in the Formula Vee Championship run by 750 Motor Club, and hope to see you all out there!