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Very mixed emotions from the 2018 Walter Hayes Trophy. I was really struggling with a down on power engine, but I tried so hard to get the result the car deserved.
We had so much pace in the car but was not able to show the full potential. It was so difficult to race as I was never really close enough to overtake anybody at the end of the straights and I had to absolutely nail every single corner to stand a chance of keeping other drivers behind.
A wet track on Sunday allowed me to race nearer the front than I would have been in the dry, but a straight line deficit made it pretty much impossible to overtake as I was never really close enough to make a move.
After Friday testing I was thinking that just making the final was going to be a real challenge, but I never gave up. I started 12th for the final and fought hard to stay as far up as possible and took advantage of the tricky conditions in the final to come a way with an incredible 6th place just 3.8 seconds off 1st.
I was thinking that 6th place in the heat was going to be the best I would be able to get, but I somehow managed to get a 2nd place finish and keep myself in with a chance. I have uploaded the heat to YouTube.
I have to say a massive thank you to Future Inns for sponsoring me this year, which without I would not have been able to race. A massive thank you also to Alan Slater for loaning me the engine, even though it wasn't able to compete against the top engines, I would not have been able to race without it.
Swift Cooper provided a car that deserved to win the Walter Hayes Trophy and I'm sorry I was not able to make that possible.
All in all a 6th place finish out of over 100 cars exceeded all expectations after testing, but it is very a much a case of what if...
Had I had a different engine.