George's disappointment from round 1 was still concerning him and he was went to Silverstone to come back with a podium finish. Like Barrie George had only ever had one track day at Croft but gained so much experience from round 1 at Donnington.
Georges first session was straight after the accident of the DCY drag car and George hadn't even spoken to Mick but knew he was alright. He was in two minds weather to go out or not but decided he needed the track time and jumped in the car and went out. The actual accident didn't slow George down or make him more cautious but his mind was elsewhere thinking about the drag car. The 17" wheels and Yoko's george found perfect at Donnington were causing him no end of trouble and he found himself drifting the car round the corners.
Once back in the garage he'd seen the extent of damage to the drag car and spoken to Mick who was 100% fine he as much happier. He still wasn't happy with the car though and in his own admition "wasn't bothered about continuing with the day" He decided to change from the 17" AO48's to his 18" Dunlop's.
Like Barrie, George booked an extra track session so he could learn the track. Now on the 18" Dunlop's he went out with the promise to an official he would only go steady as it was a public track session. Once round the first corner all his promises went out of the window. He found he was driving a totally different car. The speeds he was carrying round the corners were twice that of before, the power he could apply coming out of the corners was so impressive George couldn't resist going out and driving the car hard.
Back in the pits his mood had changed, he had started to forget about the Drag car and enjoy himself more. He still wasn't fully relaxed but was good enough. 1pm saw the second timed session of the day where George had chance to push the car hard. The new performance Friction brake setup George had just fitted was working fantastic, late on the brakes, knocking the speed down, back on the power the car was running great and George was driving very smooth. He started to notice a misfire and loss of power when ever he went for 5th gear but still managed to put in a 1:04.997 putting him into 1st place over all.
George had been running the car at low boost all day still had another 100+ hp to go which at Donnington saw him knock over 2 seconds of his time. The misfire was concerning George as it had got worse and worse over the last session. Turning the car up to 1.6 bar and gaining the extra 100hp would compensate for any misfire George thought even though he wanted to go out and knock more time off.
Out for the final session, his one timed lap George was confident, he was going out to knock time of his best time as far as he was concerned it was in the bag. After the boost loss at Donnington he was sure it was just deserves. George ran his first warm up lap then coming out of Luffield he developed an even worse case of misfire, no power what so ever in any gear. Trying to build his speed through sheer annoyance and frustration he could see his podium finish slipping away from him. After the first corner he knew he was down on time the car was struggling to accelerate he had no option than to just chuck the car into the rest of the corners faster than he had done all day in the chance of pulling off a 3rd place finish. Back on the power for the final dash to the finish the misfire was still there stopping him accelerate. He knew he'd blown it. Once back in the pit's he was told he got 4th place but there was still a few other out on track. George was so disheartened by the finish he didn't even know what position he finished in till about 4 days later.
At Donnington he put in the fastest lap only to finish 4th because of boost problems. At Silverstone he put in the fastest lap only to finish 6th due to a big misfire and lack of power. It's not down to bad car preparation as all 4 cars under go a huge amount of prep before every outing it's just unlucky. George is now 4th in the points table and aiming to do well at Knockhill on another track he's driven. "Everyone likes to win, some more than others. Obviously i am disappointed, to say I have never done any track driving before and to of been in a position where I could be leading is fantastic but never mind I am forth and still happy with what I have archived. The biggest thing of all is the taking part and enjoying yourself no matter where you place and I do enjoy myself"