Airwaves Racing are back!- with Aron Smith
August 16, 2013 by Aron Smith
What can I say?! Turns out we were pretty on it at Snetterton and finally got some of the results that everyone in Airwaves Racing deserved. As everyone has pointed out the first half of our season has not been pretty, we’ve been on the back foot and to be honest have struggled to find a set up for both Mat and myself but now it seems we’ve turned a corner…
Coming away from the two day test that we had prior to Snetterton I was overjoyed to hear murmurs from some of the other teams and fans accusing us of cheating or the other teams sandbagging, obviously that could be the only explanation for our return to the front. I’ve always found that people only back up into a corner and say stuff like that when they are trying to justify their own short comings or poor performances so I welcome the criticism with open arms! As you can imagine I was itching to get to Snetterton to prove all these people wrong, everyone in Airwaves Racing knew that we had unlocked the potential that had always been in the Focus so now it was just a case of getting to show it off!
I had a minor off in qualifying, it even amuses myself to watch it so here you go;
But yes, it was the first time I felt like I had a car to really challenge at the front in quali so to spend the majority of the session on a bed in the medical center wasn’t exactly ideal. Lying there hearing the cars pounding around was heart breaking because I had no idea where I was going to end up. With a couple of minutes to go in the session I was released to find a blubbering Lauren-unfortunately for her I was only winded in the crash! When I returned to the garage to hear that I had ended up in sixth with only one flying lap I couldn’t believe it.. Yes, it wasn’t great to end the way we did but to be honest nobody in Airwaves Racing seemed to care because we were back at the sharp end! Although I owed them all a couple of drinks on Saturday night and a few bags of buttons on Sunday morning…
Sometimes when I watch back the races it’s like someone else is driving the car for me and this weekend was one of them!! I’m not going to run you through a lap by lap analysis of the three races because it would even bore me to death so I shall pick out a few of my highlights. The first being heading down to turn one on the first flying lap in race one, so there I was still absolutely pinned surrounded by cars and trying to block out everything that happened the day before. It was one of those moments where you hold your breath and let your body take over from your mind until you’re out the other side but low and behold I survived and from that point onwards it became a doddle! Onto race two and what the cameras didn’t pick up. Pretty much for the entire first half of the race both Mat and myself were communicating to one another through the beacon of knowledge that is Airwaves Racing team manager, Oly Collins. Team work played a vital role in securing my first podium of the year and in turn Airwaves Racing’s first podium, by working together we were able to manage our tyres which meant that I was in a strong position to attack at the end of the race and being totally honest if it wasn’t for Mat’s help it could’ve been a whole different race for us
as a team. When I first came into the team I was blown away by the caliber of Mat, he’s one of those drivers who’s infamously fast and an unbelievably good racer so to be able to race against him at this stage in my career is something that I’m really proud of. The first rule in motorsport is to beat your team mate and yes we’re both very competitive but now we’re at a stage where we can work really well together so that doesn’t exactly apply to us, he has been an unbelievable help to me over the past year and a half so I do have to thank him quite a bit.
Now back to the racing and away from this budding bromance. When I eventually clambered out of the car in parc ferme, dripping of sweat might I add then entire team erupted and I swear to God they almost winded me as bad as the crash did in quali in the midst of the celebrations! But seriously, the entire team was in that car with me for the race and you could see it all over their faces while I stood on the podium – everyone was beaming from ear to ear and it’s moments like these that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Onto race three which to me was one of those times that I got to show off all those years of karting experience, maybe all those trips to a soggy Watergrasshill were worth it after all! With the success ballast in the car and being the only driver at the front on the standard tyre as opposed to the softs I knew that it was going to be difficult to get another strong result from the reverse grid race. Thankfully I had one of those starts when everything seems to hook up, you know when everything goes right – no wheel spin, a gap opens up and all of sudden you emerge out of the first corner after gaining a heap load of places! From that point onwards I drove every lap like it was qualifying, I’ve always been one of those drivers that would prefer to end up in the gravel as opposed to giving up in a race and this race was one of those times. I fought tooth and nail and in fairness to Adam Morgan he could’ve had me off but instead gave me one of the best races I have ever had. Although I have never been so happy to see an MG catch me like I was towards the end of the race three, it gave me enough breathing space to secure my second podium of the day with another third!
Next is Knockhill and I think we can all recall what happened there last year
Everybody knows how I am by this stage so I’ll be going there all guns blazing once again, identical to last year in fact! Hopefully I’ll have more good news to report and don’t forget to be screaming at your tv on the 25th!
Ps THANK YOU for all the lovely messages on Facebook / Twitter, reading them on a Monday morning after the weekend has become one of my favorite parts of the weekend (super smiley face )