"The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why..." Mark Twain
#4 This is serious, I need to start training
January 31, 2018
After seeing my car finished for the first time it really inspired me to prepare myself as best I could for racing. So what does that actually mean? How can I prepare myself for a season in the Mini Challenge? I’m up against other drivers that have been racing considerably longer than me which isn't hard, I’ve never raced before. OK, first things first. I need to understand race craft. I need to know how to drive a car round a track in the quickest and safest way. Where does one go to find this?
I came across a YouTube channel called Driver61. On this channel there is a complete driver university series of tutorials designed to take you through all aspects of becoming a racing driver. I’ve just hit the jackpot. I spend the next 8 weeks watching and re-watching all of Scott Mansell’s videos on how to corner, weight distribution, braking, overtaking, grip levels, driving in the wet, tyre management, finding the racing line, oversteer/understeer and so on. Although at this stage I still hadn’t stepped foot in the car I felt like a proper racing driver with the knowledge I’d learnt.
At the same time, I knew I needed to be physically fit and strong to handle a race car and endure time on track. Now, where I live in the middle of Wales half way up a hill with the sheep you’d be forgiven for thinking why anyone would need to join a gym. Rolling hills, winding footpaths, beautifully clean air… but that’s what I did. I actually combined running up hills with YouTube Palates and joining the gym. The gym in the next town is surprisingly very good. It has a beautiful pool and great gym equipment. And the big secret to living in the middle of nowhere ...very few people in the gym.
When I make a decision to do something I put everything into it. That’s my strength. That’s what I’m bringing to the table. I prepare myself in the best possible way to be a winner. I am the most competitive person I know. There, I’ve just shared with you a small secret. If there's an opportunity to be the best I will take it.