David Bartrum's Blog
Post-Silverstone, 22 September 2009
Knockhill was a bad weekend for us. Jonny had the fire extinguisher go off in the car, and we had two crashes. We had quite a lot of work to do before Silverstone and it's a long haul back from Scotland to Kent with the trucks.
For any independent team, August was a very tough month, with three race weekends in five weeks. The cash flow implications are awful and Knockhill makes it even tougher for a team from the south. All the credit cars were maxed out for parts, tyres and hotels and the bills are still coming in.
But Silverstone was good for us. Having had a difficult two rounds at Snetterton and Knockhill, to go to Silverstone and get a BTCC podium and fight for the lead was good. Rob's third race against Mat Jackson was good entertainment. Both cars finished all three races and got some points even though Rob was in the wars in the first race.
Things were a bit up and down in the Carrera Cup at Silverstone. We've had a bit of a go with tyre strategies this year. We're in a situation where we're not doing great in the points so we've gambled a few times. Sometimes it has worked and sometimes it hasn't. We've now had two times when it hasn't worked, and the second race at Silverstone was one of those.
We looked at the weather report at Silverstone and where Michael and Ollie were on the grid and took a gamble. I can't say I was convinced, but I didn't stop it either. We lost out with it, but it could have paid off very well. Michael's car had a quite a lot of damage after he was hit by Mr Bridgman on the first lap. In the end, the drivers had to come in and change back to slicks, so they finished well down the order.
Liam Griffin had a good tidy start in Carrera Cup at Silverstone and he had a good look at the championship. He asks a lot of questions and he comes with a nice bunch of people, including his father, his uncle and his brother. They are all very nice people and I think Liam will be a great asset to Motorbase. He's in with us for 2010 and he'll do some decent testing over the winter to then hit the ground running at the start of the new season.