The first race of the weekend was in the best in terms of weather – sunshine and cloud and temperatures of around 17C. I was hoping to improve on my disappointing qualifying time, which I did, but not to any significant degree. I was however more consistent in qualifying, meaning my start positions for races 1 and 3 would be from the same place on the grid. I did actually make a reasonable start, given the problem of the start/finish straight not being level – with the right foot on the brake, I couldn’t really rev the engine as I knew any visible roll forward might get me penalized – but as you’ll see I didn’t take as much advantage as I should.
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Despite getting the jump on team newbie Paul Moraviec in his 987 Boxster, I still finished last in class, 24th out of 28 starters, with a best lap of a shade under 1:02.