After an extended winter break, Direnza’s Jonny Fletcher was back on track. Excitement was high ahead of the season opener in under a months time.
After 8 months out of the car, it was finally time to get the 2020 season underway. The venue, Donington Park with Opentrack Track Days.
Unsurprisingly, just as we arrived at the track, so did the weather. Not the dry, stable conditions we hoped for. Thankfully the rain was short lived and the track began drying quickly, just in time for the circuit going live!
Before the sighting laps, we became aware of the front passenger wheel catching on an oil cooler placed just in front of the tyre, it wasn’t a major issue and after a quick investigation we realised it was mounted in slightly the wrong position. A few minutes later it was rectified and Jonny was ready to go out.
The first thing we needed to do was get in a couple of slow laps, making sure everything was okay with the car. An important stage after being in numerous pieces over the winter. We also had a newly heat wrapped exhaust needing a few heat cycles to burn off smoke. Smoke inside the cabin was unbearable after a few laps anyway, which fitted into our schedule quite well.
Jonny could now start to push a little harder, knowing everything was working how it should be. The car was coming alive and it felt as good, if not better than ever before. A brilliant feeling after a disappointing end to last season. The harder Jonny pushed, the better the car felt, it was doing everything with ease. A dream scenario for any driver. All the signs where pointing towards a very good year. The changes that where made over the winter had made a positive impact.
Another positive was the faultless running all evening. Racking up quite a few laps at a very consistent rate of knots. The new Direnza fans installed over the winter did a fantastic job at keeping temps under control, we didn’t see more than 92 degrees C all evening! It’s now just 3 weeks until Time Attack gets underway, roll on the 11th July. See you at Oulton Park!
Images: Opentrack Track Days
Special mention for the Red Renault Clio featuring a set of Direnza window stickers!