David Bartrum's Blog
21st August 2010
It seems a long time ago that we went to Croft, but we came out of that weekend without too many dramas and went into the six-week mid-season break. That gave us chance to re-group and get some work done on the cars and things like gearbox rebuilds. Some of the guys took some holiday, but it all went by really fast and I've never been as busy as I was in the seven weeks.
We managed to have a couple of long weekends away in Devon and Cornwall, but I was flat out fielding enquiries for next season, both for the BTCC and the Carrera Cup. I've never had so many serious enquiries before and I spent a lot of time in the office doing proposals and budgets.
The touring car team was back in action for the BTCC test at Snetterton and then we went back to Snetterton a few days later to run George Richardson in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge races. It was good seat time for George and winning a race was a real confidence boost before the second half of the season.
It was a low-profile operation; Tim Hull and I took a van and a trailer with George's car on. George's dad Graham and his colleague Nick McGuire came along and so we get them involved making the tea and cleaning wheels. We even let them polish the car later in the day and we had a lot of fun. It was a real success and George really benefited from the seat time.
The Snetterton weekend was mixed. The touring cars struggled a little for pace, although Mat was a strong fourth when it rained for qualifying. Mat then pulled off a brilliant drive in the first race to finish second behind Plato and ahead of the both of the gas Fords. Steven had a good race to seventh from outside the top 10 in qualifying. They were both then in the top seven in the other two races, so that was a pretty good weekend.
In the Porsches, Michael Caine was the class of the field and came within a whisker of a double win when Tim Harvey had a senior moment at Russell on the last lap when trying to get around a backmarker. Michael's pace was brilliant all weekend and he was clearly the fastest man out there.
The other Porsche guys had good runs as well. Ollie Jackson extended his pro-am1 points lead, George Richardson had two podiums in pro-am2, Liam Griffin had another strong weekend and Charlie Bateman was in the top six, so that was a good team performance. But we're missing having Steve Parish in the team. It looks like his shoulder injury will keep him out until the end of the season, but he's keen to be back as soon as he can. He's now completed the purchase of Crystal Palace Football Club, which is very good news.
After Snetterton it was a quick two-week turn-around for Silverstone and I'll catch up on that weekend in the next blog.