Heres Jons summary of his first race weekend at Oulton Park.
Oulton Park round 1 and 2
Testing went well in the dry and after a rebuild and setup (done at home) the car performed great, I also changed my driving style, in the wet I was much more confident and was turning in some reasonable lap times, car felt smooth and secure.
Qualifying was in the wet and I put it P3. There was more in it but was pleased and secure and has taken no damage and car was seamless throughout.
Race 1- I came 2nd- on a damp track. I was in new territory but felt really pleased with my performance. on a grid of approx 30 cars with some seasoned and well respected drivers- i was chuffed with the result. Car felt great.
Due to our reverse top 10 for race 2- to save adding success ballast, i started in 9th. Track was now dry so the lap times were much sharper and people were naturally closer to the cars true performance levels. I used new tyres on the front for race 2- my previous ones were still on from Silverstone last year, and rears are still on from Donington (rear wear is minimal as with most FWD race cars). To save on season costs, i cycle tyres front to back, run for a while, and sell as part worns ( as we get subsidised rates on tyres the quick resale of used tyres on ebay, etc usually bring me £30-£40 per tyre back- meaning tyres only actually cost £50-£60 by the time theyre done). Ended up in P4- proper pleased with the weekends racing. Adverse conditions didnt dampen the Civic Cup paddock atmosphere- all mucking in to help out those with damage or mechanical issues.
Costs total of the weekend:
Race entry £330, 2 new tyres £190, 60 ltrs fuel £80, van fuel for travelling £100, and £200 for the friday full day test
Total Spent £900 (including new tyres)