Posted by: EmmaB - Posted: December 7, 2020
As an ongoing career development, I have been taking on more roles in the Family run Race Team DBR Motorsport. As part of this, I have spent the last couple of weeks preparing my younger brother Tom’s car ready for the delayed championship decider on Saturday 5th December!
As part of preparing the car, this included repairing the damage gained at the Walter Hayes Trophy at the beginning of November, luckily there was not too much damage, just damage to the front of the car which was then followed by the normal spanner check on the full car and a very good clean following a trip through the gravel during the last race at the Walter Hayes!
After a very eventful evening on Friday which included the truck breaking down on its way to Donington and having to limp it back home before then travelling an hour to collect a van and trailer that we had very kindly been offered by a fellow competitor and then having to drive back to base to reload the car into the trailer, it was 1:30 before me and the rest of the team were ready and chose to travel to the circuit early Saturday morning as it had been a very long day for us all.
However this did not dampen our spirits and set off to the circuit bright and early ready for qualifying and the important championship-deciding races to follow, I was proud to be playing a vital part in the team not only carrying out my usual pit board duties but also helping another member of the grid who had returned to racing for the first time in a number of years and has always supported Tom.
Qualifying went very well, qualifying 3rd on the grid for the most important races of our lives, my brother had a very good start and gained second going into the first corner where he had a race-long battle with fellow racers and very close racing throughout in the end finishing 2nd overall and winning his class. With this result, it was enough to take the championship with a race to spare which is a great achievement not only for a young driver like Tom but also as a small family run team without any testing and going straight into qualifying. With the championship won it allowed us to go back out for the second race with no pressure and to just go and enjoy ourselves but Tom being Tom he still wanted to win the second race and we as a team were behind him all the way. We were always going to be proud with a championship win however after the events on Friday and almost having to ring Tom to tell him he wouldn’t be racing it was made even more special!
Once again it was a huge honour to of been able to be part of the team again this last weekend from doing my usual pit board duties for Tom through to mechanicing the car as well.
Although the race season is now over the hard work does not stop as we now start to take the car apart and prepare it for the new season which starts only in a couple of months time after a very late season due to Covid 19.
This will now be an addition to getting a second older car together including a seat fitting for myself ready to take part in a single-seater track day at Anglesey in the new year before gaining my race license and following not only in my Dad’s footsteps but also my younger brother Toms and continuing to keep the racing in the family so watch this space!
I shall keep you all updated over the winter with the different re-builds and preparation for my first single-seater experience all whilst I am gaining more experience as a mechanic and continue to pursue my dream in a career in motorsport!