BSB Stock 600 Round 6 – Brands Hatch GP
After a decent ride at Knockhill where we were unlucky to not score some points, we came into Brands Hatch full of optimism. We had been to Brands once already this year, but this time it was the full GP circuit which I had not done for 3 years. The last time I rode it I liked it, so I was hoping it would be the same again!
Free Practice 1
FP1 was dry and sunny and I was looking forward to getting going. I was struggling with the setting in a fair few areas but nonetheless we managed to post a 1m33,9 putting us in 14th, so I was fairly chuffed with that as I knew there was so much I could improve on!
Free Practice 2
Just as we went out for FP2 the heavens completely opened and everyone pulled into pit lane to see if things would clear up, which they didn’t! Some lads went out after putting wets on so I thought I’d go for a quick spin to get a feeling for it in the wet, there was only 7 minutes of the
session left so I was going to just take it steady! It was an absolute ice rink out there as it was the first time the track had seen rain for months, so I was taking it as steady as possible and just building it up slowly but surely. As it turns out we went quickest and topped the times, showing once again that we have a really good feeling and potential in the wet! It was the only bit of rain we saw all weekend, but it was still nice to see my name at the top of the times!
For qualifying it was once again hot and sunny and we were looking forward to it. Because FP2 was a wash out we didn’t get to try a different setting like we wanted to, so qualifying was like going into the unknown. I felt good when I went out for the first few laps, getting a decent tow off some of the front runners. I had a huge high side moment at the top of dingle-dell, so I thought it be best to pull into the pits for a quick debrief and get sorted! When I went back out I had a clear track but unfortunately I struggled to get back into a decent rhythm and I ended up crashing at Druid’s whilst on
a hot lap after making some suspension alterations. We ended up in 21st which I was really disappointed with because I knew we were better than that, but we were just struggling getting the bike to turn and get a good feeling in the front end! But hey ho, the race is a completely different kettle of fish so I was looking towards that instead of dwelling on it!
We tried one or two different things for the warm up, which was better in some areas and worse in others, so it was still a work in progress! We finished 18th in that session.
For the race we completely gambled on a setting and made some radical changes. My new crew chief Mark, who was and will turn out to be a
complete god send, told me it’ll either feel really good or really bad and he was apprehensive about potentially going the wrong way completely with the setting, but I said it was a risk worth taking!
The race came around and I got a mint start, making my way up to 14th on the first lap. After that I just started going backwards, the changes we had made were sadly worse than what we started with on the Friday, so it was just a case of damaged limitation in the end. 22nd is where we finished, which at the time was slightly soul destroying but I knew 100% that it was just down to the set up, so I know that by working at it at the following rounds and in between we will get there because when all the pieces click into place, we will show our true potential.