If we were incredulous to the cold weather and snow of Brands Hatch the high winds here at Donington left us in a similar state of disbelief. They caused havoc not only when the team were putting up the awning for the weekend but also on the performance of the car out on track.

“This morning was really difficult in the high winds,” said Pete Smallwood. Mcleans and Coppice were the two trouble areas being the highest points of the circuit. Although Pete reported tail winds down through the Craner curves. The result was that braking distances had to be longer due to the increased speed. When the car was facing into the wind, as was the case in Redgate corner, the turn in was fantastic but it lead to largely unpredictable and erratically behaving car over the course of a lap.

That was the story of Free Practice one in the morning but thankfully the weather settled down a little for the afternoon’s session.  Granted not by much, but it did allow Pete and the rest of the grid to concentrate on some solid running. 

“We went a bit quicker around here than we’ve done before which is good,” said Pete.  “We can still see where we can improve. We’re making steady progress for the weekend so we’ll see where we are on Saturday for qualifying. It looks like we could be having quite a good battle based on these numbers with 2013 ProAm2 Champion Will Goff so hopefully we can have a bit of racing on Sunday.” 

“I’m pleased with the progress.” Added Paul Robe. “Going faster than he’s ever gone around here before and learning to feel the grip and positioning the car. He went even quicker on parts of the lap later on in the session on older tyres so it bodes well for qualifying.

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