Oulton Park didn't go as smoothly as it might

Went testing at Oulton on Friday, intending to work on tyre temperatures (because I suspect that this might be part of why I’m consistently in the top 3 during the first 5 minutes of qualifying/the race, but gradually drop down the order after that). And ended up doing no running and having to cope with 3 inches of water in the paddock.

Then race day went like this:

  • Wet at the start of qualifying but with a rapidly developing dry line. Came in after 4 laps to change to slicks (well done crew for getting me out, F1-style, in time for one flying lap!).
  • Thought that I had everything ready for the first race, and then had to perform emergency surgery to the oil system after the car dumped all its oil over the undertray with just under 60 minutes to go). On the plus side, at least it happened in the paddock, not on track!
  • Torrential downpour on the green flag lap while we were all on slicks, leading to the clerk of the course taking the (probably very sensible) decision not to start us.
  • Much dithering over lunch about whether we should start the race on wets or slicks. I chose wets, which turned out to be the wrong decision, resulting in this.
  • Emergency front brake disc change before the second race, after noticing that one of the pads had just disappeared (3 pads with plenty of meat left, one down to the metal – still not sure why).
  • Great battle in with the front-runners for the first 4 laps, at which point my recurring oil temperature problem, which we thought we’d fixed by having the car re-mapped last week, resurfaced 😦 Then started dropping back – so we now think that maybe my problem isn’t tyre temp, but oil temp leading to reduced power.

So we’re going to bung a new oil rad on and see what happens.

Motor racing eh?

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