VLN 7

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Overall Podium at VLN 7

After yet another VLN race punctuated by showers, we fought hard and ended up with another podium at the end of four hours in VLN 7.

Qualifying was a full wet affair and culminated in a tenth place start me and team mates Nicky Catsburg and David Pittard in the #34 Playstation BMW M6 GT3.

I was given the task of starting the race on a wet track, but the rain had stopped, so conditions would be ever changing. I knew we would struggle for the opening couple of laps, but there was already a slight dry line at Adenau Bridge on the formation lap, so was confident the track would come to us. It still took a while for a dry line to appear, especially under the trees but with every lap it got better and better. The car came alive and I was able to make up places.

From lap 3 the Walkenhorst Motorsport engineer came on the radio to say I was the fastest car on the track and I was making up places every lap. I pitted at the end of lap 8 and passed the then leading Phoenix Audi at the end of the lap and pitted from the lead. A dry line had appeared and the decision was made to change to slick tyres at the pit stop to hand over to Nicky Catsburg. Nicky continued the good work but after a lap the rain returned and he was back in for wets after two laps and resumed in P5.

After completing a strong stint on a track that was now dry again, he handed over to David Pittard who resumed on slick tyres and the track, for once stayed dry to the end, David bringing the car home a strong third.

It was a strong team effort from everyone in very difficult conditions and we have to be happy with another podium, but it would be nice to have a dry race for a change!

VLN 8 is coming up in two weeks on 12 October.