Photo credit - Jon Jessop Photography
It was great to be back at Brands Hatch and I was looking forward to getting out there for round 2! FP1 was a steady session and we made I few slight changes to the bike and I got going back into Brands. FP2 was a good session but I wasn't completely happy with the bike in certain areas so me and Mark had some ideas for tomorrows qualifying and race, that's what practice is for after all.
I went into qualifying confident and ready, after 15minutes I came in for my new tyre and set my best time 47.6 which wasn't bad but not good enough! I qualified 7th EVO. I was annoyed and I knew that we had to make some changes to myself and the bike in order to break into that top 4. For the race we gambled with some big changes and I got a great start and was up to 5th but I had a little battle in the first two laps with Day and Field and just lost the gap to the top 4 riders. I finished 5th and had a bit of a lonely race but I was a lot happier with myself and the Road and Race Kawasaki for tomorrows feature race!
Warm up we had one or two tweak to try so I was pushing on in warm up but unfortunately had a little off at Graham hill, I knew what happened just a cold tyre on the left and it let go, luckily me and the bike were fine and only a small bit of damage. It didn't dent my confidence and I was buzzing for the race! Feature race lets go! I got a great start and was right up behind Collier, Neill and Perrin I stayed with Perrin but Neill and Collier managed to gap and about half way through Neill went down at Druids and I past Perrin for 3rd place, then I saw that a rider was closing the gap to me and I thought it was either Perrin or Luke Jones I managed to manage the well but on the last 2 laps it came down and Jones Past me on the last lap in Paddock Hill, I tried to get him back into druids but I just wasn't close enough! So I finished 4th EVO. This time i was as happy as you can be with 4th but I knew we had made a big step with the new bike in that race and I now know that I just have to just find that little bit more and we can break into that top 3!
Massive thanks to Road and Racing's Mark Hanna and Alan Cook, Pinkey Parker, Mum, Dad, Ellie and Grandad for all their support and also to my sponsors Purbrook Garage, Pro bolt, Kushitani, Oxford Products, Richard at Maxton, Pipe werx, HJC and R&G for all their help so far season!
Roll on Oulton Park on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May