Direnza Driver, Jonny Fletcher, gets back on track ahead of May’s season opener.
The first round of the 2021 Time Attack Championship, now scheduled for May, provided Direnza’s Jonny Fletcher with an opportunity to get out on track before the season opener.
The original plan was to test the car in March, but Government restrictions resulted in the event being cancelled at the last minute.
With the first round of the championship being held at Cadwell Park, it made sense to look for a track day at the same venue. As it turned out, a dry, warm session just two weeks before round one was the perfect way to dial the car in after the winter break.
Before the test a new splitter was installed, along with modifications to the rear diffuser to maximise their aerodynamic effect.
The car also underwent a major engine service to ensure reliability. This Included a new oil pump and timing belt along with a tuning session to refine the map and squeeze a little more power from the car.
We fitted a data logger allowing us to analyse lap times in greater detail. Jonny hopes this will improve himself as a driver and better understand the cars strength and weaknesses.
It was an evening session, with the main focus to make sure everything is functioning as expected. After 6 months out, it was also the perfect opportunity for Jonny to become reacquainted with the car.
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Conditions where perfect, dry and cool. After a couple of installation laps, the car was checked for a final time before heading back out to make the most of the two hour session.
On a usual Time Attack weekend, drivers can expect to get between 60-80 on time. We would use this short session as a mock run for round 1 in two weeks time. Promisingly, the car ran without fault for the duration of the test and Jonny got just over one hour of track time under his belt.
The 2021 Time Attack Championship is set to be the biggest yet, with nine rounds spread across seven weekends. Including two double headers around six circuits.
The aim at every round is to beat our personal bests. With the greater target of consistent podiums and high points finishes. Easier said than done, but if we can fix the cars wet weather gremlins there is no reason we cant do exactly that!
The first round will be held at Cadwell Park on Monday, May 3rd. Before trips to Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Donington. Before the season ends at Snetterton late in October.
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