Andre Castro: Nonetheless flat out
Right here we’re in Silverstone for the ultimate race of the 12 months, the Walter Hayes Trophy. It’s been a busy week, which has change into fairly regular; Monday and Tuesday had been spent soaking in our Competition success and taking in new experiences, whereas from Wednesday by means of Friday we now have been pounding laps round Silverstone Circuit.
After all, it has been unbelievable to obtain such an outpouring of help on-line for our double podium end on the Formulation Ford Competition final Sunday. I nonetheless must pinch myself to appreciate I completed P3 within the greatest FF1600 race on the planet (above, with crew proprietor Andy Low, and under, at Paddock Hill Bend) in solely my second begin within the class — 5 years after my first Crew USA involvement as a finalist. I’m very pleased with our crew and so they deserve each little bit of reward they’ve obtained; I’m additionally hoping this consequence will likely be a lift going ahead for myself, Max, the Crew USA Scholarship, and everybody at Low Dempsey Racing.
As for the week’s actions, Max and I headed off to Multimatic on Monday, the place Rob Taylor confirmed us round their Thetford services. We had been proven a plethora of dampers, inerters and completely different tasks all through their large campus. The geometric intricacies in all of their elements had been spectacular to witness, and I used to be shocked to listen to that the Canadian firm is represented in virtually 50 p.c of cars worldwide. Max and I additionally skilled our first ever rides in a Tesla, courtesy of Rob!
On Tuesday, I used to be fortunate sufficient to leap right into a GB3 Championship automotive for the primary time because of Douglas Motorsport (above). Max and I logged about 25 laps every across the Bedford Autodrome, and by the previous few laps, I used to be feeling rather more snug within the excessive velocity corners and below braking. What a thrill it was to make use of all that downforce within the last part of the monitor, two fifth-gear corners at over 100 mph! The comparatively quick operating left me itching for extra, and I hope to have the ability to strap again in to a GB3 machine in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later.
We then moved on to Silverstone for extra Formulation Ford testing, and we’ve logged simply a few hundred laps across the Nationwide circuit since Wednesday. We’ve had largely dry situations, with a little bit of damp operating on Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday we had been among the many prime three quickest within the discipline, whereas on Friday I struggled somewhat bit with consistency and my shifting, though we had been nonetheless among the many prime group. It was a little bit of a rocky day for myself personally, however after trying on the information with driver coach James Theodore and talking in depth with crew proprietor Andy Low, I imagine we stand a superb probability to qualify on the entrance tomorrow. I’m hoping this may give us a superb beginning place for my warmth, which may carry us ahead with good momentum by means of the semifinal and the ultimate on Sunday.
As soon as once more there’s a enormous entry, with over 100 vehicles cut up up amongst 4 warmth races initially. You’ll be able to sustain all weekend with reside timing at tsl-timing.com, together with commentary.
Within the weeks main as much as the Hayes, there was a hidden saga that has performed out, and solely reached its conclusion earlier at present. Our specifically made Crew USA Scholarship fits, made attainable by Billy Deakins and everybody at Sparco USA, had been sadly held up by FedEx in Birmingham. We had been unable to succeed in anybody or get the fits cleared from customs for days, till late this week we reached a breakthrough; the bundle was lastly launched, and we obtained it the evening earlier than qualifying for the Walter Hayes! It’s a small victory for the crew, and I’m excited to debut the swimsuit tomorrow and provides it an awesome run within the races.
It hasn’t fairly hit me that this will likely be my final race of the season with Low Dempsey Racing and the Crew USA Scholarship, however I’m as decided as ever to exit on a excessive and repeat our Competition success.
– Andre Castro