Boy Clive takes some good shots huh?

I decided to do two events in one weekend. Mother nature decided that she was going to see if she could dissuade me with bad weather reports. I was not dissuaded. Mother nature was not bluffing.

Boy Clive takes some good shots huh?

Boy Clive takes some good shots huh?

Days like these throw strategy out the window. Course conditions are ever changing. Your first run may be your driest. You may master one section, but have to relearn another due to standing water or a mix of wet/dry patches. It’s one thing when you get to a wet course, but when it rains in the middle of the day only, you never really have time to get comfortable with the course. You may know where your going, but the braking points and cornering speeds you used last lap won’t be suitable for the next run.

OK, I'll admit I got a little too close to that one.

OK, I’ll admit I got a little too close to that one.

Annoyingly I only got two completely dry runs. One that was slow due to it being my first run, the other unfortunately carried a pylon penalty. Then it started to bucket with rain.

Don’t get me wrong, I love racing in the wet. I just don’t like when it’s actually raining during my run. I barely fit in my car with a helmet on. And my car rolls a lot. I need more space than you might think to counteract all the leaning that my car does. This means if I leave the roof up, I’m bashing my helmet into all of the convertible top supports. The easy solution is to of course, just drop the top. Which works great. Crappy part is getting wet. You don’t get very wet in the short time it takes to do a run, but there’s enough water to make everything a bit damp, which makes fogging an issue later. Though I usually just leave the car running the vents and fans for a few minutes without anyone in it to make sure the next run would be fog free.

Kid wanted to go sideways. So we went sideways.

Kid wanted to go sideways. So we went sideways.

Since it was raining, I couldn’t bring my DSLR out to play movie-man with. Worst still, while I was marshaling, the wind and rain really picked up, properly soaking my pants and feet. But mother nature can’t stop me.

A ton of water came down. Thanks to Clive for the shot.

A ton of water came down. Thanks to Clive for the shot.

Fellow competitor slinging some water. Thanks to Clive for the shot.

Fellow competitor slinging some water. Thanks to Clive for the shot.

I’m going to blame this one on the conditions and having to marshal last, which meant I was picking up cones when the course was at it’s best. I didn’t do as well as I’d hopped, getting nudged out of the top 5 for another top 10.

But hey, I had had fun slithering around in the rain. Going sideways is never not fun, you know?


Link to video

To see all the runs I recorded that day, head over here.