Emily Glanvill had been having a difficult time at the past couple of rounds of the Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC).
She’d had a positive start to her first car racing season but bad luck caught up with her. So she headed to the latest rounds hoping to find some good luck and progress up the field once again.
Things got off to a positive start with fifteenth place in first practice. This really boosted Emiliy’s confidence and she looked to at least match this in qualifying. Finding this extra speed was perhaps more eventful than she might have liked though, Emily explains;
“I didn’t have an instructor sitting in with me this weekend but I really benefitted from the help of Danny Buxton who very kindly talked me through my on-board footage. In the practice session I managed to find a good second just focussing on turn one. Unfortunately I did leave it slighttly too late to brake one lap and I hit the wall. But at least I worked out where the limit was right!? “
1976 Formula 1 world Champion James Hunt was famous for finding the limit in this way so Emily is in good company!
So she headed into qualifying with her new found knowledge of the limits and even with heavy traffic she took thirteenth and twelfth, her best qualifying result to date and a step forward once again.
She was now really looking forward to the races, if slightly nervous as she was racing higher up the pack than she had previously. Sadly this translated into a slower start than she would have liked as race one got under way and she dropped some places on the opening lap, losing her mirror in the process as the pack squeezed round the first corner.
This made it harder to defend as she couldn’t see behind her properly. Despite this she settled down and races well taking sixteenth at the flag. Unfortunately she was penalised for a track limit’s infringement (along with fourteen other drivers!) and the 5 second penalty dropped her to seventeenth. It had been a positive race though and she had learnt lots about racing and defending in the pack.
Emily knew that the start had cost her the chance of and even better result so she was determined to make a better one for race two. As the lights went out, she got a way very well making up two places off the line to move into tenth at the first corner. The pack closed around her as the car got unsettled under braking around the first few corners and Emily’s car jostled between several rivals. This caused some damage affecting her cars handling but she battled on while trying to adjust to the car’s new characteristics. The car was looking rather second hand cosmetically too with the front panels starting to come loose but she pushed as hard as she could and got into a battle with Will Drydal until her cars wayward handling caused her to run wide at Sunny dropping her to the rear. But she wanted to end the weekend on a positive and pushed hard before making a spectacular pass on the final lap around the outside of Sunny putting her in sixteenth. A positive result and lots to be happy about as she had shown she had the pace to run towards the front of the field and had made the top ten for the first time before damage slowed her.
“Croft was awesome! I loved the circuit, our pace on track was good, we had the best qualifying performance of the season! So we had a bit of bad luck in the races but to be honest it was still a really fun weekend and I just really enjoyed getting a flavour of racing further up the pack! Now I know we’ve got the pace, I’m looking forward to trying to get straight back up there at Knockhill in September. Staying overnight in a caravan at the track this time meant I got even more of the race weekend experience than I usually do. I loved having the time to walk the track every evening and enjoy a BBQ and the sunshine with both new friends I made that weekend, and friends I’ve had all season.”
“Thanks as always to my mechanics Andy and Mark, especially Andy who sorted the whole front end of my car out after the car versus wall incident! Dave, my manager at Orex Competition, Danny Buxton, and of course my sponsors. It was a top weekend!”
Emily now has just Knockhill in September to go before the finale at Silverstone in October. By Marc Waller