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After a very sunny Friday, the weather changed to the now customary for VLN 2019, damp and grey Saturday. It's fair to say that our package is more competitive in the dry than the wet and this wasn't ideal but we had to keep pushing and see where we were at the end of the race. David Pittard and I were joined for the weekend by Nicky Catsburg while Christian Krognes was away on family duties. I was first out on Saturday morning for qualifying in very tricky, wet conditions. This was my first lap in "proper" wet conditions on the Nordschleife and, as is expected, it was a bit of a voyage of discovery. I did my one lap, then handed over to Nicky for his lap and David finished the session with a few laps and ended in P20 on the grid.

David started the race and the rain eased almost immediately. By the end of the first hour some were changing to cut slicks and at the first stop David stayed in the car and changed to full slicks. As the track dried, the car came alive and he made up some places into the top ten when he handed over to Nicky. There were reports from other drivers that the track was now wet in parts, so Nicky was sent out on wet tyres and brought the car in to hand over to me after four laps. As he was on his in lap the rain fell heavier and I could see some of the lead cars moving around and aquaplaning on the live feed. Nicky brought the car in but as I was about to leave the box, the crew spotted an issue with the left rear tyre, so a replacement was brought out and put on the car before I could splash my way down the pitlane. I was sent out with clear orders to keep it on the road and after a couple of laps of feeling my way around I felt more comfortable. The rain came down even harder for the last couple of laps and I just concentrated on being consistent and safe and brought the car home in P7. I can honestly say that I have never had to concentrate so hard during a stint as I had to in VLN 6, but I have completed a stint on the Nordschleife in very wet conditions which is good experience for the future. On to VLN 7 where we can hopefully have some dry running and get the car at the sharp end again. Thanks to Walkenhorst Motorsport as always for their top work.


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