After almost two months of waiting the next race weekend is quickly approaching and as you can guess from the title - we're heading for Ireland for rounds 3 and 4 of the Minicross Championship - exciting stuff! As always I'm hoping for a race win and I'm determined to settle for nothing less this time around and providing I get the race win, we'll have a type up in motorsport news (I can be famous).
At the moment I'm heading for the Wicklow mountains in order to relax and get my head clear of computing, maths and science and focused on driving, as it's now the end of exams! I'll be in the mountains until Saturday when we're planning to head up North to Nutts corner in order to compete on the Sunday and Monday before travelling back on the Tuesday.
...and just as you thought there would be no more exciting news, there is! On Wednesday 13th I will be taking my driving test, which I will obviously pass, but I'll keep you up to date about that and also about this weekend and my time in the Mountains.
So, in the last week I have, as you will all have anticipated, passed my theory (yay!), but I have also done much much more!
Yesterday morning we travelled 200 miles North to my Aunt and Uncles where the car is kept and did some work. The work was not all focused on the car though, we also did some work on the new van, including fitting a solar panel and table!
As regards the mini, it's looking good - the mad techie has been very, very busy, as you should expect. We have also put some stickers across the back window (i can still see through the mirror) with the web address on, in fairly large, clear white stickers - great for publicity!
I'm currently on my way home feeling confident for the next round at Nutts Corner, the first weekend of June - the car should go excellently, although I am thinking that I need to stop growing to ensure that I still fit!
Will update you all again soon :)
So, it would seem that driving a Mini One on the roads is somewhat different to driving my Mini on a race track - there's the obvious reasons such as the fact that you don't drive round and round one track, and there isn't a huge amount of drifting and sliding to do on the loose sections, but there's other more technical reasons which add to it too, which are perhaps not noticed by those who look at the sitaution blindly - a clear example of this would be that the brakes in the Mini One are much, much sharper than the brakes in my Mini and so for the first few journeys there was a lot of jolting forwards, not only for myself, but for the passengers too! Not only this, but I've had to learn not to cross my arms whilst turning the wheel and also to turn it in more of a smooth movement, rather than a lot of small, jolty movements!
Overall, I'm finding driving the roads as enjoyable as I had suspected too and seemingly easy too (I'm progressing much faster than my friends!) and I shall be taking my theory test tomorrow - I'll keep you updated :)