1st run of the 3 afternoon timed runs. As is fairly obvious, heavy rain has completely changed the character of the track and I have no idea what to expect on my first outing! The idea was to simply get round the circuit and to get some idea of the grip available and to try and get some new braking points fixed in my mind. The control tyre in the academy championship is the Avon CR322 and is specified because it is cheap and hard wearing, not for its grip or performance. It would not be your ideal tyre choice in the wet, and this added to the comedy. The car and track felt completely different in wet conditions - grip seemed to be non-existent, even the tiniest power applications resulted in equal amounts of opposite lock. Visibility was also very poor - I thought my wipers weren't working at first until I realised the water was on the *inside* of the windscreen. Have I made enough excuses?! Sadly my excursion over the kerb on turn 2 meant this time was disqualified - the rule is all 4 wheels must remain on the track and I broke this rule, as did the vast majority of the Academy racers on this first run into the unknown. The lack of grip going into turn 2 was staggering.
Caterham, Academy, Snetterton, Sprint