On Friday the 13th of May John Stevens headed to Brands Hatch located in Kent to do a shakedown of his freshly rebuilt Volkswagen CC to ensure it was running okay ahead of the weekend. He and his mechanic decided to make some changes to the car ahead of the afternoon session. As soon as John hit the track during the second session he knew the car was getting better as he felt it was the best it had ever been during this season. He felt good about the weekend and was hopeful that the pace he was showing would see him have a successful weekend.
Saturday morning and it was time to qualify, John set some good lap times and finished the session in P5, this was the highest he had ever qualified. Race one came around, John got a good start but dropped back to eighth off the line. John managed to fight his way back through to regain sixth place once again by the time the chequered flag came out.
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For race two John started sixth once again, the car ahead of him had a clutch failure on the start. John had nowhere to be able to go so this allowed three cars to get past on the inside, he then chose it was time to just go for it. At this point he was down in eighth place. By the end of the race after having some close but fair battles John had fought his way up to fifth.
For race three it was going to be a reversed grid, John started from third. He got run wide as they headed into Paddock Hill bend and was fourth by turn two. John had some brilliant battles and managed to get up into second and was defending for all his worth. The cars behind got in to a scrap for third which allowed John to hunt down first place. He caught the leader and had a few attempts to pass but got pushed onto the grass, he ran out of laps to be able pass the winner.
John is elated to have had such a good successful race weekend at his home track with a lot of support around him which made him fight harder to show his family and friends what he is capable of. He would also like to thank his number one mechanic Elliott Whittingham for doing a fantastic job with the rebuild of the car as well as making it run smoothly during the race weekend.
© Fay Tilley 16th May 2016.