Yuasa’s Formula Jedi driver Bradley Hobday made the podium in only his second ever circuit race. Here’s his report on his weekend at Snetterton.
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BRSCC Formula Jedi Championship Rounds 1 & 2, Snetterton
We traveled up to Snetterton race circuit for the first 2 rounds of the Formula Jedi Championship on the 300 circuit. Snetterton 300 is a circuit I have never driven on so much of the Friday test day was spent learning and getting a feel for the circuit, several adjustment were made to the car throughout the day to get the best set up for the weekend and by the afternoon I was feeling confident in the car.
Saturday was the first round of the formula jedi championship and my first ever circuit race! Qualifying went really well I was pleased with the times set but unfortunately I had a lap time removed for exceeding track limits but never the less I qualified a respectable 5th which was only 0.384 seconds of pole position! The top six times were so close!
Race time come and we lined up on the grid, I had a OK start I passed a car but got passed by another. I used my sprint experience to get up on the pace as fast as I could which found me passing two cars cleanly and lying in 3rd place after the first lap but then disaster struck on lap 2! A drive shaft snapped and I was out of the race! The car was brought back to the pits and repaired ready for the race on Sunday.
On Sunday I had a much better qualifying session getting in some real clean laps qualifying in 4th place.
We lined up for race 2 and I managed to get a much better start gaining a place going into the first corner, I settled into a nice rhythm and kept the front pair honest. lap 3 came and I went wide into the first corner ending up on the grass which unfortunately damaged the radiator, I re joined the track quickly and kept my 3rd position but by this time the leading pair had got a nice 4 second gap. I settled back into the race and kept the lap times consistent to bring the car home in 3rd place! I was absolutely over the moon to finish on the podium so quickly! we still have work to do chasing a few tenths of a second but it was a very positive weekend to start on.
Pictures by Shaun Smith