I arrived at Snetterton feeling pretty confident about the weekend as it is one of my favourite tracks in the UK and I had always gone well there. Both practice sessions went well for the 888Optimum BMW and we found a good set-up for the dry.
Qualifying threw a spanner in the works though when torrential rain arrived at the circuit. This was the first time for Steve, myself and the team running the car in wet weather so we took a gamble on set-up and it seemed to pay off. Steve finished his session in 2nd position which was great! A lengthy delay before the second session and continuous rain meant that the circuit was extremely wet by the time I got out on track and after a few cautious laps I managed to qualify the car in second place for race two.
On Sunday morning the Snetterton circuit was greeted with bright sunshine and blue skies. The first race was going very well for our car, running in the top five until an over-ambitious manoeuvre by a competitor saw me being forced off the circuit and into the barrier. This was an avoidable accident and luckily no major damage was caused to the car or myself. However, the driving standards are still a little bit questionable at times..
Race two went much better for myself and Steve. The first half of the race went well for me, running in the top four and a great pitstop by 888Optimum meant that Steve left the pits in second 2nd position and set about chasing after the leading Porsche. The margin by the end was less than half a second but we were both delighted to finish on the podium again and keep within touching distance of the championship lead.
I need to finish this post by mentioning Allan Simonsen. The tragic events at Le Mans cut short the life of a great guy and an extremely fast racing driver. I have always looked up to Allan as a benchmark driver in a GT car and was impressed by how he always got the most out of every car he drove and was guaranteed to be at the top of the time sheets. My thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.