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November 23, 2017

Dan Brown: Looking Forward to Rockingham

Dan Brown: Looking Forward to Rockingham
The start of the British GT season was not as strong as we hoped for, but myself and Steve Tandy left the first round at Oulton Park with points in the bag and we can only move forward from this point.
Race One was rather disappointing after fighting up the grid from 20th to 6th, only to be involved in contact with another car which was easily avoidable, causing our rear tyre to become punctured and end the race.
The start of race two was expected by many people to involve a large incident on the first corner, but a very clean start was made by all and proved that 30 cars can fit round turn one at Oulton Park with no issues. The first half of the race ran largely without incident and I brought the car into the pits to hand over to Steve after 30 minutes.
A great stop was made by the 888Optimum guys, but our exit from the pit lane was hampered by another car being unsafely released into Steve’s path, losing us the best part of 15 seconds. Steve immediately pushed as hard as possible when out on the circuit, but was fighting against an ABS issue throughout his stint. We eventually finished the race in 5th position, so we were very happy considering the circumstances.
A couple of weeks after this, I made the trip to the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona to race with Steve in his Lola T70 in the FIA Historic Sportscar Championship. I thoroughly enjoyed driving this car, it had a huge amount of horsepower and very low levels of grip, which equalled lots of fun. We qualified 4th but were unable to race due to an engine issue which was a real shame as I was looking forward to driving the car in the 1 hour and 30 minute race.
Next up on my schedule is British GT at Rockingham. I have always gone quite well at this circuit and I won a round of the championship back in 2009 when I drove with Gregor Fisken for Rollcentre Racing so I will be looking to repeat that success.

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