Hello and welcome to my first post of 2014. I hope that you all had a great winter, Christmas and New Year celebrations. I had a good time this Christmas spending time with my family but unfortunately my New Year celebrations were dampened as my Grandfather passed away just a few days into it. It took me a few weeks to get over my loss but then I started to look forward to the year ahead. I recently started handcycling and this has formed a big part of my physical training recently. I was inspired to take this up having watched Alex Zanardi, the former Formula 1 and World Touring Car driver win one of his gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics.
Over the past month I have been in negotiation with Allied Mobility and am very happy to announce that they are my main sponsor for the 2014 Production BMW championship. I attended their Southern Mobility day at the Steam Museum a few weeks ago. It was great to see some of their team again and meet some of their customers.
Over the winter my race car is placed under wraps from late October until early March. When the covers come off it then begins its preparations for the season. The first job that is replace all oils and fluids in the engine as well as new spark plugs. Following this it is taken to the rolling road to ensure that the engine is producing the power that it should which it is. My first time driving the car this year came at a trackday at Thruxton and this was my first time driving here. The day gave me a good chance to re-familiarise with the car, get my racing head back on and maybe most importantly, get used to using the manual gearbox that is in my race car as my road car is automatic.
The opening round of my 2014 season is next weekend at Donington Park. Donington is a favourite track of mine with its fast flowing corners and long back straight. Last year I finished in 17th and 14th position which were my best finishes of the 2013 season. My favourite part of the track is the infamous downhill craner curves which I take at full throttle. Being the start of the season it is very hard to know the improvements my competitors have made. But I feel well prepared for the coming season and my car is also, so I feel quite confident that I will be able to qualify well which will set me on the right foot for good race finishes. Be sure to check twitter next Sunday the 27th to find out how I am getting on!