2011 season is nearly go….
The R300 SPY team headed north on Friday for their first official test of 2011. The cars all made the BookaTrack track day the previous sunday and had a fairly promising day, but Donington GP isn’t until much later in the season. Oulton Park is where the Caterham R300 season kicks off on Saturday 2nd April and getting off to a good start will be imperative for those with high hopes.
Oulton Park is definitely a track that doesn’t suffer fools and whilst I think it is arguably the best race track in the country from a drivers perspective; one wrong move and you are wearing armco and an expensive bill. Infact without question the worst crashes I have seen in Caterham racing have all occured at the Chestershire circuit. Caterhams visits in 2008 and 2010 were expensive days out for a lot of people. Oulton bit me after after 3 laps of my first test there in 2008. After my flying lesson at Cadwell at the previous round the round the car had been bolted back together 9 hours previously. I got caught out at Cascades in the wet conditions and ended up wrecking the nose cone and bending a few more bits of the Roadsport A…again. Fortunate, it could of been a lot worse. Definitely not a track you can turn up to for the first time the day before and expect to do well. I’ve since raced at Oulton in 2009 and 2010 and not had a sniff of a good result. Ironically my best qualifying performance was the wet one in 2008 with an 8th…. lets see what 2011 will bring.