David Bartrum's Blog
Post-Rockingham, 24 September 2009
We didn't come out of Silverstone too badly damaged and got through the work very well in the three weeks before Rockingham. Anthony did have two Porsches to repair and nine touring car bumpers to sort out, because that's what you have to do in the BTCC.
Tim got his BMW done in about six days and then it was sitting waiting for parts, while Rob got his BMW done and then did a lot of work on dampers. Then we had the honour of getting a set of Porsche dampers ready for the great Tim Harvey; we were allowed to dyno his dampers for Rockingham. We ended up doing James Sutton's as well.
Steve Parish joined us at Rockingham in Carrera Cup, and that was the culmination of a year's work. He came to us a year ago having never raced a car. He'd done some track days and a bit of karting and he wanted to learn about Porsches. So we got him some track days and then he started racing in club events to get his National A licence. We built him up to GT Cup and got him into that, and then told him he was ready for Carrera Cup.
He went out at Rockingham in pro-am2 and did a super job, and he won pro-am2 in the first race. He'd have had a good result in the second race if he'd not had the tyre go. That was a bit down to inexperience, but I was really pleased with Steve.
But my Carrera Cup star was Ollie Jackson. I told his dad Paul on Saturday that I thought the first win was coming and he got P2 in the first race. I thought the Rockingham weekend was going to be good, right from the test day. I thought the win was coming and it did. And in the second race he was catching the leg-end that is Tim Harvey! I thought that was fantastic. Ollie really deserved the driver of the weekend.
I also thought Michael Caine drove a proper race on Sunday. He had a little bit of luck when the others slid wide but he got past Tim Bridgman in a sweet move. I was really pleased with that second place.
We're now pretty close to Team Parker Racing in the team points and that's not bad from being 80 points behind. And we've scored with a pro and a pro-am1 driver against all the double pros. If we could get second in the team championship at Brands, that would be very nice for me.
In touring cars it was a tough weekend. The pace was there but it was a shame in the first race that they ended up together, but fourth and fifth was a good result.
Jonny got some good results, but Rob had a diff problem in the second race and then a water problem in the third race, so that was unfortunate. But the pace was in the cars. I think it may have slipped away a little bit at Rockingham.
So we'll go to Brands Hatch and do the best job we can. It's our home circuit and it will be interesting on the Grand Prix circuit as no one has got any data for that. It's all going to be blind and Saturday morning will be really important.