The Bathurst 12 Hours was a great way to start the season. What a track! There isn’t much that can prepare you for it first time because it is totally unique. There is so much gradient and camber and pretty much all of it is a big, big challenge.
We had a good weekend there and although there was some shared disappointment in eventually coming fourth after leading the race in the late stages, it was still a very solid result.
There was much said about the move that Stefan Mucke made at the final corner which pushed Matt (Bell) off line and probably cost us second place. I’ll leave the judgements up to other people but at the end of the day we just had to swallow it and get on with the next challenge, which is the start of the Blancpain Endurance season at Monza.
Testing and Training Hard
The off-season is all about refreshing and then re-charging for the year ahead.
Since the last race of 2014 I have been hard at it testing and training with my team mates at M-Sport Bentley. We have done so many bike rides and training camps I have lost count. Both are a really good ways of keeping physically and mentally sharp.
It is also good to do as part of the team. So we go up to Cumbria a lot where Matthew Wilson and M-Sport trainer Barry Johnson join us for some long rides and runs. In early March we went out to Majorca for a training camp and tackled the famous Sa Pobla to Llubi roads. It was an amazing experience with some mega climbs which toned us up nicely and also got the old cardio working overtime.
Of course there has been testing too. We have been out at Paul Ricard for the official Blancpain test days and also at Spa a few weeks ago. It has all gone very well and we think that the package we have in the Bentley Continental GT3 is the best we could possibly have to start the 2015 season.
I’ll be keeping you updated on our quests throughout 2015. Hopefully see some of you at the tracks this season.