We return to Spa this weekend for one of my favourite events of the year. It's also the circuit where I won my first British F3 race last year. We had a great weekend in 2006, I took two pole positions, a second place and a race win.
Now entering the second half of the championship, I head to Spa second in the drivers' championship, and I will be aiming to close the gap in points to Marko Asmer. Marko and myself are the only drivers to have won more than one race this season, and consistency is definitely the key in mounting a series title challenge. So I'll be looking for two podium finishes this weekend.
The last race at Brands Hatch was a little bit if a nightmare in the end. We went there feeling very confident on the back of two pole positions, a second place and a race win at Monza. The car felt great during practice, but unfortunately we then struggled for pace in qualifying. Brands Hatch is a difficult circuit to overtake on, and the best I could manage on race day was a fifth and seventh place. Nevertheless, they were precious points and enough to put be back into second place in the drivers' championship.
Spa is a great circuit and similar to Monza in terms of the history and tradition surrounding the track. We had a great weekend in 2006, and I'll be aiming to repeat that this year. It's a fantastic track and very enjoyable to drive. Of all the tracks I've driven so far, Spa is probably my favourite.
There have been some changes made to the circuit since last year, most notably the Bus Stop, so we'll be having a close look at that during our walk of the track. From what I've heard the changes mean that it is now possible to overtake there, which will be a good thing and I'm looking forward to taking to the track for the first time on Thursday. I'll keep you updated on my progress....