Anglesey Blog- with Jake Byrne!
August 13, 2013 by Jake Byrne
It has been a hectic schedule over the last few weekends with races in Kirkistown, Mondello Park and then last weekend off to Anglesey with the Global GT Lights for a non-championship event. I was looking forward to some close racing which you always get with the Globals and as it is a non-championship event, grids were drawn so there was sure to be some excellent racing and overtaking necessary to have a successful weekend.
The last few weekends have been challenging and I looked forward to Anglesey with the fast sweeping coastal circuit. A great grid of Globals travelled to Anglesey for qualifying and four races.
Qualifying went extremely well and I qualified on pole for race 1 posting a time over 7 tenths quicker than anyone else. I was delighted with qualifying but I have been round motor racing long enough to know that the race can be something else!! As anyone who knows Global GT Lights the rolling start bring cars very close and after a great start I ended up in someone else’s accident and unfortunately the car had some damage so I had to retire.
As these races weren’t championship races qualifying times went out the window after race one. So for race 2 I started in third last place. After two laps or so the usual suspects (Max Drennan, Boris Twomey and Richard Finlay) and I were back up to the front. With Max in the lead I had some great fun trying to find a way past his very wide Global. After a failed overtaking attempt, Boris got past and proceeded to pester Max, all the while Richard sat behind waiting for it to all go wrong. After a few more laps I regained second from Boris and went back to the job of trying to pass Max. On the final lap both Boris, Richard and I went three wide into rocket. Boris came out the worse dropping to fourth behind Richard Finlay with as I was just able to hold on to second. Unfortunately our exuberance allowed Max to get away and win the race so I had to be happy with second place. Great fun and fantastic close racing.
On Sunday morning we had our third race. After the close racing the day before I figured I had figured out how to get past Max’s XL elbows. Unfortunately the opportunity to do so never arose as four laps into the race one of my outer CV joints sheered forcing me to retire.
While we were preparing the cars for the final race of the weekend the heavens opened and we were forced to pull out the wets. Starting from the back of the grid, Max, Boris and I found our way to the front in a few laps and proceeded to dice for the majority of the race. Max and Boris fought for the lead for the opening half of the race while I sat close behind in third. Eventually the mistake I was waiting for happened when Max outbraked himself and spun in Rocket 1, allowing me into second. I then sat behind Boris and fought for the lead, watching my mirrors as I knew it wouldn’t be long before Max caught up again. As Max got closer I decided now was the time to pass Boris and I did on the outside of the tight right hand hairpin just after Rocket. The train of three cars was finally broken when Boris spun a couple of laps later forcing Max to take avoiding action and allowing me to win the race.
All in all it was a great weekend with a fastest in qualifying, a win, second, a mechanical retirement and getting involved in someone else’s accident.
Again a big thanks to ABR Sports and GrRANA Energy for getting me to Anglesey & to James Foley for the picture!