Silverstone round report
Time Attack round one at Silverstone started with a strange feel to it with only one of our Skylines in the line up due to a leg injury of Walter Morris in the off season. Determined not to let this dampen our spirits and with Walter with us spectating we set out in warm up to see what the 2014 version of the car could produce for us. Marcus went hot from the out - a little too hot as it turned out, spinning off at high speed into the gravel and the end of his session.
With the gravel cleared from the car Practice started, and the decision was made to go out on wets, but take an easy run to get the feel for how much dry track the Pirellis would tolerate. After a few warm up laps the car returned to the pits for a check over and then back out to put in a decent hot lap. Unfortunately we picked up a puncture first, returning to the pits with a very poorly looking front left tyre.
In the afternoon Qualifying rolled along and despite the spitting of rain, we judged the track was dry enough to use slicks. Marcus started gently and increased the pressure throughout the session getting used to the feel of the new braking setup and took second in class.
By the time the final came around it appeared that all other Extreme Competitors were out completely or crippled - we were undeterred and wanting to secure the fastest lap time of the day. With a drizzle of rain in the air but a mostly dry track surface slicks were chosen and we set out with a confident and positive feel. This however was short lived as the gear stick snapped clean off on the back straight on the opening lap leaving Marcus stuck in 5th gear. Knowing the final session was not long enough for a field repair the decision was made to stay out and make the most of it. The day ended with Marcus taking the Pro Extreme win with a 1:02 lap just 3 seconds off the fastest lap of the session and the fastest start/finish line speed of over 140mph despite only having the one gear to play with.
Back at the workshop we have listed out our first round gremlins and gotten straight to work on ensuring they are fixed ready for the challenge of Knockhill where we expect the rest of Extreme class to have done the same for a proper show down.
We wish Walter all the best in his recovery and hope to see him along side Marcus once more for the next round at Knockhill.
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