Announcement: Dennis Strandberg

Dennis Strandberg

 

Following on from starting the blog and getting involved with some driver PR the opportunity came up to interview Dennis for the Pit Crew. For the interview I spoke with Dennis fair few times getting to know him. During this time we talked about lots of things including everything we had been up to since starting the blog. At this point Dennis asked if Leah and I would be willing to work with him this year too.

With alot going on at the moment the answer should of really been no, but with Dennis’s credentials and the fact the three of us get on so well, it was too much to refuse.

Without further ado, meet Dennis Strandberg..

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Ranked 3rd best driver under 22 in Sweden it is in no doubt, Dennis is the most exciting GT4 driver in the UK. Boasting 15 wins and 28 podiums and a national ranking of 26th through all age ranges.
After having driven karts until the age of 19, Dennis decided to make the switch to real cars. He settled for a Ginetta 40 and driving in the Swedish Ginetta class, which got his racing career off to a flying start. With 11 podium finishes, 6 wins and an overall winner of the Swedish Ginetta GT5 Challenge.  After winning the Swedish GT5 Challenge, he took the enormous step of heading abroad to compete in international racing.

Now racing in the British GT Championship for Academy Motorsports driving an Aston Martin Vantage GT4, Dennis was also selected as 1 of 10 young promising drivers with the Aston Martin Academy to be further nurtured as a future Aston Martin works driver.
The British GT Championship is a major series in the UK, a high-status class with enormous prestige.

Please view the calendar and let us know if you attend any dates. We can sort out meet and greets, photo opportunities etc.

Dennis’s Twitter, Dennis’s Facebook & Website.

For any info on sponsoring Dennis this year we have some amazing packages and coverage available. Please email: Leah@lifeinthepitlane.com

We’ve Been Nominated….How Amazing..

We found out yesterday that we’ve been nominated in the very first F1 Fan Awards. These are meant to be a light hearted nod from the fans, who we all know don’t get much of a say in anything F1 so what a welcome relief they are!
FullSizeRender-28To even be nominated is simply amazing, considering we have only been blogging since the start of the year and only been able to take our followers and fans to races with us since the Spanish GP.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who enjoys what we do and understands that we do it because we know its what fans want.

Fans want that little bit more, to know that little extra piece of info, to feel included in the team and that they matter!!

Of course fans matter, without fans there in no Motorsport!!

We’d appreciate a vote, although these are not meant to be take too seriously we like you love our sport, so we are in it to win it!!

Thank you

Sandra & Ben

 >> Please vote here <<

A Tale Of Two Cities

As Thursday morning begins so does the start of a Grand Prix weekend. Barcelona marks a change for all the teams. Gone are the long haul flights and mostly modern circuits with purpose built hospitality suites. Now we enter the period of the season where we visit the most historical circuits and also have the purpose built team hospitality suites.

This extra team space gives the press, television and sponsors lots of opportunity to take advantage of the surroundings and as such they plan various events and filming sessions with drivers and team bosses.

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The McLaren Brand Centre is one of the best looking and most functional hospitality units in the paddock. There are 50+ TV screens, a fully functioning internal network that is the equivalent to a small business premises as well as a wireless network for guests, a PA system and many other features that will be used by the above mentioned people to maximize their event or filming session.

Luckily for me these systems behaved themselves and the weekend passed with no real drama.

The first European race is exciting and the prospect of the ever-developing McLaren Honda making its way up the grid makes this particular race weekend one to savour. However, there was a once of jealousy in me as I was regularly updated by Sandra in Brands Hatch telling me what a great time she was having. I love racing and to see the cars in the Blancpain GT series would have been a treat, especially the McLaren 650S GT.

After the race was finished the entire paddock remained built, as there was a two day test to commence on the Tuesday. This posses a challenge to many of the teams with large Motorhomes as they have to take down their units on Thursday and travel immediately to the next venue to build there. The next race is Monaco and this also presents it own set of unique challenges the main two being that there is only one road in and out of the paddock area and the second is that the weekend starts on a Wednesday, a day early as there is no F1 running on a Friday.

The de-rig began on Wednesday night straight after the test had finished and was then completed in a full day on Thursday.

The crew then travelled via the company vans to Monaco on Friday.

Monaco is basically a nightmare for teams in terms of organization and logistics. The pit lane is small and there is no space to keep the normal build of trucks and tyre garage/office space directly behind the garages. Instead there is an upstairs section above the garage and everything has to be fitted into that space with the tyres being sorted in the open air in what will become the pit lane in the race.

There is a tiny space between the back of the garages and the start finish straight, just enough of somebody to stand with the pitboard and hang through the fence. From that angle the spectacle of F1 cars bursting down the street is one that cannot be repeated anywhere else in the world.

As I mentioned before the paddock has one road in and out. That is because it is a harbour side that is opposite the Rascasse turn. (Where Schumacher stopped that time).

In its normal guise this area is a car park and residential area. On one side is the sea and the other restaurants and apartment buildings.

For that week the peace for these residents is well and truly disturbed as there parking area is taken over completely with F1.

The first day of the build (Saturday) is a fight between locals and teams as people park their cars where you need to put a truck and Bentleys, scooters and motorbikes ride through to get to the yacht club just beyond the end of the car park.

Building is slow and at times painful as someone is blocking the road with a truck or a piece of lifting equipment. Everybody is trying to get built but in the most part everybody works together to help each other out. Smaller teams or units have to wait for the ‘big boys’ to get done before they can move in but everybody manages to get done and built with literally a foot of space between each unit.

Taking it all down presents the same set of problems so once the final truck leaves the dock it’s a big sigh of relief not only for the teams but the residents of Monte Carlo harbour.

Signing out for another week, see you all again soon

Ben

Q & A With British GT Driver Dennis Strandberg | Aston Martin Evolution Academy

When the opportunity came up to have a chat with Dennis, I wasn’t going to pass it up, true to what I now know to be his big personality he didn’t want to do a Q&A until he had something to talk about, his next race was Rockingham and he made 2nd on the podium, so I set about making the chat happen.

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Will Moore / Dennis Strandberg Academy Motorsport Aston Martin GT4 Challenge

Dennis’s stats speak for themselves, currently ranked 3rd in the under 22’s in Sweden and nationally ranked 26th, with 15 wins, 28 podiums and 11 fastest laps all since changing from karting to ‘proper cars’ in 2013.

In his first year of Ginetta GT5 Challenge in Sweden he won the Championship and last year even though he came over to the UK to race too, still managed to finish 3rd in the Ginetta Challenge.

2015 is here and we are 3 rounds into British GT Championship season and Dennis is now driving an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 and is under the wing of Aston Martin’s Evolution Academy where they nurture the talents of 10 promising young drivers. Dennis is with the Academy Motorsport team and the very striking silver and black car with his team mate Will Moore.

Having spent some time getting to know Dennis, he is not your average 21 year old, with a very determined mindset and focused on achieving his goals as a driver, he certainly knows where he’s heading. A real likeable chap, with a great sense of humour and lots of fun to be around, I have no doubt he will be a very popular driver in the paddock as he is always willing to have a chat with fans and he’s new to twitter so do drop him a follow @DStrandberg.

I look forward to watching him this season and in my opinion he’s definitely one to watch!

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Q) Describe your driving style in 3 words?
A) Aggressive, smart, fast

Q) Describe Dennis in 3 words?
A) Happy, positive, forward

Q) What’s your favourite film?
A) Talledaga Nights

Q) You’re going to dinner with up to 4 people, who are they?
A) Michael Schumacher, James ‘Bubba” Stewart, Travis Pastrana, to just talk about everything and do some crazy stunts and Niki Lauda, to have a chat about how he did it, how the racing was back in those days.

Q) Do you have a training schedule to help with endurance racing?
A) Cardio and gym work

Q) If you could have any wish to help with your racing this year, what would that be?
A) Sponsorship, I have everything else to be the best there is.

Q) What’s the worst part of racing in an international championship?
A) My motto is “If you ain’t first, you’re last”, I hate losing.

Q) What’s the most special thing about racing?
A) Adrenaline, the feeling you have when you get in the car and know you have to drive at the limit and show everyone that I’m that guy.

Q) What’s your best racing moment so far in your career?
A) My hatrick at Spa 2014

Q) Take us to your favourite place in the world, where are we?
A) Spa Francorchamps or we’re in the Alps, we have our snowboards on and the sun in our eyes

                                     Q) McDonalds or KFC?                                                                                                        A) Subway

Q) What music do you listen to most?
A) Anything, mostly club, house.

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Thank-you Dennis for letting me interview you and good luck at Silverstone on the 31st!

Q&A With Porsche Club Championship Driver Nathalie McGloin

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Nathalie McGloin at Brands Hatch this weekend just passed, a delightful lady who currently is the only female within the UK with spinal injuries to hold an ARDS. We had been chatting throughout the previous week after I’d seen the youtube video of Nathalie completing her required 7 second emergency exit. From the very second I saw the video, I knew I wanted the opportunity to interview her, at first I was in awe, let’s face it I would struggle to make the 7 second exit requirement on the best of days. This quickly fell away to wanting to know more about her, knowing she must have a strong character to have chosen motorsport as her thrill.

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She completed two races this weekend and amazingly she finished 12th in her second ever race, considering at one point earlier in the day she’d been on two wheels, this was an amazing comeback to what must have been a confidence knock. I was fortunate to be up at Stopwatch Hospitality and had a fantastic view of most of the track, the group I was with were also supporting Nathalie, if only she could have heard all of our shouts of encouragement and at times our amateur advice on braking and when to get back on the gas, although this would probably have been more a hindrance than a help, Nathalie is after all the one who knows what she is doing. What was clear even to all of us was that we were witnessing an improvement in every lap, she was certainly fearless and made a few overtakes and more importantly made them stick. Overall I was so impressed with Nathalie’s talent, that it’s clear she will only improve over the season and with more race experience and I, for one cannot wait to see what happens. Bring on the next round!

Here’s what Nathalie told me of herself and I got to ask her some questions too :-

Being in a car crash aged just 16 Nathalie was left paralysed from the neck down, she spent a year in a spinal injury rehab centre and afterwards returned to school to obtain her A Levels and then on to University studying English.

Nathalie with her nature to be stubborn wouldn’t accept any help with care and was determined to live a completely independent life. Signing up to wheelchair rugby got her the fitness she needed and she was soon invited to her first tournament, she fell in love with the sport and even said she loved the aggressive nature of the sport and how you were allowed to hit one another with the chairs! She quickly decided she wanted to be a serious competitor, she started to train to make the national team. Studying at university and training for the GB wheelchair rugby trials at the same time, once she had graduated she knew she wanted to move to London to play for the London team. The more she trained the more her passion grew for the sport. She went from the ‘girl in the wheelchair’ to an ‘athlete’ and she felt she was conquering her injury.

After the Paralympics things began to change within the sport, politics became heavily involved in team selection and she forgot the reason she once fell in love with the sport, so eventually she left the GB squad and continued to play on a recreational level ,but it wasn’t enough.

Nathalie has always loved cars and has been known for buying fast cars even if they were wholly impractical for a wheelchair. She had been tracking her 911’s for about 6 years, she looked into getting her racing licence and discovered how difficult it was going to be but that didn’t stop her, she made it her next challenge.!

Nathalie passed her ARDS test in October 2013. She had to complete several sprint events, a medical and seemingly impossible 7 second car exit to qualify. The determined women she is this didn’t stop her, she was set up with a race team at Silverstone and bought a Cayman S and decided to enter the Porsche Club Championship in May 2014. The date grew closer and Nathalie realised she needed more time to gain experience or time to complete the sprint events and that she wasn’t with the right team.

After a messy departure she met James Cameron who runs Mission Motorsport, a charity that rehabilitates injured soldiers back into working life through motorsport. Nathalie spent half a day with them she knew they were the right team for her and even though she had no army background they wanted to help.

The Cayman was handed over to them and she realised there was a lot of work to do for the wrongs of the previous race team. The cage was not suitable for her to use , barely getting into the car how could she make that 7 second exit? A lot of time was spent sorting the problems but by the end of the season only 3 out of 4 required sprints were complete.

Her race car was out of action she had to complete in her heavy 4WD 911 Turbo for most of them, the 500hp engine was a big advantage and to her surprise she finished 1st in class in her first ever sprint. She took this confidence into the winter season and and booked her last required sprint for the next season in March and got focused for the racing come May.

Before Christmas, Nathalie traded in her 4WD Turbo for a GT3 so that whilst the preparations were ongoing, she had a car to practise in. She fast realised she would need to change her driving style to ‘keep it on the black stuff’, learning her craft and falling in love with her new car so when her sprint date arrived in March she felt nervous but ready.After a year and a half Nathalie completed her sprints, sorted the car and nailed that 7 second car exit. Her race license was rubber stamped just over a week before her first race. After how long it has taken to achieve it she felt ready and knew it has been totally worth it all.

Q) What adaptions have you got in your car for you?

A) I have Radial controls in my race car, they are a type of hand control located to the right of the steering wheel. You push down for throttle and forward for brake.

Q) What are your targets for the season?

A) I’d like to finish all of my races and I don’t want to come last!

Q) Do you get to pick your race number? What is it be and why?

A) I did get to pick my race number, I chose 5. It was the lowest number available and single digits are always good. It doesn’t mean anything now but I’ll stick with it and hopefully it might mean something in the future.

Q) Tell me about your helmet design?

A) Its carbon, it’s light and it looks ace!

Q) In 3 words describe your racing style?

A) Immediate boundary pusher!

Q) In 3 words describe yourself ?

A) Driven, enthusiastic, passionate.

Q) How’s the training and preparation been going for this weekend?

A) Erm….training? My plan is: turn up and drive. My race car has only just been finished this week so training has been somewhat limited. But I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.

Q) Have you got any other formulas you have your eyes on for the future?

A) With getting my race licence and car sorted I haven’t really had time to think about anything else. We’ll see how this season goes first.

Q) Have you found any of the wheelchair rugby skills that have swapped over into useful for racing?

A) They’re both adrenaline junkie sports that require huge amounts of discipline. Obviously the stakes are much higher in Motorsport, but what you do on court affects your team mates and what you do on the race circuit affects your competitors. You have to make the right judgement calls and this transfers over both sports.

Q) You are going to dinner with up to 4 people that have influenced you in your life,or heroes of yours who would you choose & why?

A) Noel Gallagher. I grew up with his music and I absolutely love the guy. I wouldn’t need anybody else there!

Q) KFC or McDonalds?

A) McDonalds!

Q) Dirty Dancing or The Terminator films?

A) Dirty Dancing.

Q) Tom Boy or Girlie Girl??

A) Neither, I just like what I like and do what I do!

Q) How does it feel to be the only spinal injured female with an ARDS??

A) It’s an honour to be the first, I hope I’m not the last.​

WEC Aston Martin Driver Fernando Rees Interview And Q&A

Fernando Rees Interview And Q&A

It’s not everyday you get to interview a driver on this scale so here is my Fernando Rees Interview and Q&A..

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To say I still can’t quite believe it, is very much the truth. Its all such a blur now as to how it even came about, a completely random sequence of events that led to the opportunity presenting itself to request it and so I took it with both hands and was completely shocked when Fernando replied with “Lets do this”.

I’ll be as honest as is possible, my knowledge on endurance racing is limited as its a recent discovery for me and there are 2 other members of ThePitCrew who I would see as the Crew experts, therefore far more qualified than I.
However, I was determined to make the most of this opportunity and decided to override the temptation to ask lots about WEC and Le Mans and to grasp the chance to find out more about Fernando Rees, the man aswell as the racing driver.
Coming from being a racing fan to being the wife of an F1 team member and then onto mixing with fans, I am very well aware of what a fan wants, we want that little bit more, we want to feel our favourite driver is more our like our friend, we want a reply to a tweet, we want time for an autograph and a photo at a circuit, we just want a little bit more than we are usually allowed to have and this is an area that Fernando excels.

When it comes to Fernando on twitter, the biggest thing that people talk about is his fan interaction, “oh, he’s such a nice man”, “he always replies to fans”, “he’s the best with the fans, other drivers could learn from him”
So I set about how instead of ‘Recent Spa 6Hr winner Fernando Rees interview’, I could make this a little different and an interview for the fans and not the usual set of questions, so I really hope you enjoy getting to know Fernando a bit more, I certainly feel that I have learnt a lot and he now has a fan for life in me.
I hope this resonates as much as it does with me, as I now understand WHY Fernando gives as much time to his fans as he does, he has never forgotten where he came from and his struggles to even be able to drive, he hasn’t turned into a diva, he hasn’t surrounded himself in “Yes” people, he has stayed true to himself and appreciates everything, a genuinely nice man and I am proud to be able to share this with you all.

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Q) Did/ do you have any aspirations towards F1 ?
A) Yes, but when I was very young. Coming from Brazil, we don’t know much else about racing because it’s all about F1. But I changed my mind early on, while racing in Europe in F. Renault and Formula 3, as I figured out that the cards for my generation were already marked.

Q) What do you think about Formula E & is there anything you feel other formulas can learn from it?
A) I like it. It’s interesting, different. I don’t think it belongs to what we know as “racing” – to me it kind of stands on its own, something new. But entertaining for sure, and promising. But being different than anything else, I don’t think it can be used much as an example of success or failure for other small formula categories.

Q) You will be racing in LeMans in June, can you tell me why it is is so key to make sure you’re always checking your mirrors?
A) Well, you check your mirrors all the time, but during the night it has little use because we can’t really see much. The LMP1 lights are just too bright, it blinds us, and makes our mirrors reflect a completely white light. You can’t judge whether they’re 500 m or 50 m behind. But in general, the mirror raises your space awareness, and in GT cars you must be ready to protect yourself from incoming cars all the time.

Q) Is it difficult to race at dusk or night doing 160 MPH+?
A) Yeah, it is very difficult. But it’s more difficult when you leave the environment of the garage and go straight to the night. If the night comes while you’re already driving, it’s much easier because your eyes adapt step by step with it. But for sure, it’s not easy, and it’s one of the big challenges of endurance racing.

Q) In 3 words describe your racing style?
A) Smart, precise, aware.

Q) Do you have a strict training and preparation programme to assist in endurance racing?
A) Yes, fitness and nutrition plus a special preparation before entering the race car. Everything must work together. Mind and body must be in tune, and in tune with the mindfulness required by racing well.

Q) Tell me the most special thing to you within racing, that even on the worst day makes you feel fortunate to be able to race at all?
A) To know what an achievement it is just being able to do it at all, especially coming from a family which couldn’t just pay my way up each year, you know? So yeah, to feel fortunate that since I started, back when I was 8, so many kids and guys raced against me and had to stop for this or that reason, while I managed to continue.

Q) Are there some other sports you’re interested in or participate in?
A) I love running. It gives me a similar feeling as when I’m inside the race car. You know, on your own, getting to experiment and understand your own mind in a level of focus that few other things require.

Q) You have been invited to a one off race that means something to you, what car would you like, at which circuit and who’s your team mate (past or present is allowed) and why?
A) Very difficult question. It never crossed my mind, to be honest. I would love to drive the Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 some more, in a circuit like Spa-Francorchamps, and I’m quite pleased with the way things work with my current team mates.

Q) You’re going to dinner with up to 4 people who’ve influenced you, who would you bring along?
A) I would like a dinner just with Ayrton Senna to discuss some thoughts about racing – not race cars, but what motivates us to race, why we risk doing it, etc.

Q) What’s are you listening to most on your ipod currently?
A)Smashing Pumpkins.

Q) X-Box or Playstation?
A) Playstation.

Q) What’s your favourite Sim game to play?
A) GT6 and rFactor Pro.

Q) Describe Fernando the man in 3 words?
A) Calm, humble, disciplined.

Q) You are going to Periscope from a place in the world that is most like you, where in the world are we?
A) A calm beach in Northeastern Brazil. Very few people around. Birds and other animals roaming free. Sounds of waves. Sun up in the blue sky – sunrays touching my face.

Thankyou so much to Fernando for letting me ask him some questions, I hope you feel like you know him a little more now, I really hope you enjoyed my Fernando Rees interview.

Who else would you like to see me interview?..

The Best Laid Plans Of Mice And Men

 

The time has come and the first European race is here and that means the work of the F1 hospitality crews really starts. Every Motor home is loaded and packed and sent on its way to the circuit de Cataluña.

For me this means a flight on Friday to begin work on the Saturday. As you wake on that Saturday morning it doesn’t cross your mind that maybe something is not going to arrive or a truck may have broken down. You take it for granted that everything you need to work will be there ready and that even counts for the crew members themselves!

The first time the Motor Home is built away from base is always a long drawn out affair. There are always bits and pieces here and there that didn’t get finished or fixed at the factory. To add to that this may be the first time that it has been fully put together since it was built for the last European race the year before!

For our crew this was exactly what happened and on top of that we experienced what it is like when those things you take for granted don’t fall into place as they should.

The first thing to happen was the discovery that one of the crew vans had been broken into on the Friday night. A rear window had been smashed but luckily nothing was taken. This means a trip to the police station and the task of getting the window fixed. In our case the crew vans stay with us all season and are obtained from Germany via a vehicle lease scheme. For this reason the vans are badge with a German number plate. In any other country a brand new van with foreign plates just means tourist. Effectively that is all we are so the vans are always a bit of a target.
Crew van vandalism is not a new thing either. There have been many things happen to vans over the years. One year a particular van was too big for the hotels underground car park so had to be left on a side street a few blocks away from the hotel. When eventually it was needed again it had been keyed with the tyres deflated and several tickets in the window!
Each time this happens it means not only trying to find a place to have repairs done but done in time and with minimal impact on other crew members who are needed to work. Somebody has to be taken out of the build to make arrangements, liaise with insurance people (who mostly do not speak English) and plan works

The second thing that happened was our support crew who arrive a day later than ourselves was involved in a road traffic accident on the M4 on the way to the airport. The result was the guys had to first get to the airport only to miss their flight and find out that the only remaining flight was at another airport. Travel to that airport and reserve tickets to find that the reservation was cancelled and stay in an airport hotel to fly the next day. Once landed in Spain drive straight to the circuit and begin work effectively 3 hours late.

This kind of thing only highlights the need for a strong and effective team. A team that can cope with these unexpected ‘add ons’ and still get the main job done on time. Yes that means that the first day of the build was a 12+ hour day in the hot sun with a couple more late finishes but nobody is going to thank you for having a incomplete Motor Home come Thursday morning. Once the cameras roll on the paddock everything is shiny and looking its best. There is no indication of what is sometimes the struggle it has taken to get to that stage.

This particular post is focusing on the Motor home but have you ever considered what would happen if the race car transporter broke down or fell off a cliff. If the plane carrying the freight for a fly away crashed into mountains? Every other week you turn on the TV and you expect your favourite team and driver to be on the grid come Sunday and for many years this is exactly what has happened but it may not have been as straight forward as you think to put them there.

This is Ben signing off till next week.

 

 

The Season Starts, Its Lights Out & Away We Go..

Here we are, its finally arrived and the season has got under way for both of us! Before we go any further, the plan is to both post once a week each with our antics throughout the season and therefore give a realistic insight as to what working within F1 and British Motorsport in 2015 really involves and taking all of you on the ride along with us this season.

Being a local to the circuit of Brand Hatch, I don’t need to find an excuse to go and with Ben away in Barcelona with his F1 team i’m not sitting at home moping around this year! I would still prefer it if he were here, we are such a team neither functions that well without the other so I am still missing him like crazy even with all my own motorsport action this season.

So we move onto this week, on Saturday I headed up to Brands, I should have been with Ali Rushforth’s team all weekend, were it not for a touch of fate getting in the way, as Ali went to load the car he started her up and it became clear that her engine had blown, so that as they say was that, his MG Trophy race weekend over before it had even started.

Ali needed to source another engine so he still came down on the Saturday so I had the chance to grab a chat and have a catch up before off Ali went to see what could be found. Astoundingly by the time he left to go back to Didcot that afternoon he had it all sorted and so onto Donington for him, however, what does that say about the MG community? competitors and rivals on track but friends and family off track and willing to rally round to help.

It was still a good day and I had gone up to Brands Hatch with our once twitter friend who’s now become a great friend in the real world too Mark, he kept me company on Saturday and we were planning this weekend which sees us trackside yet again at Brands Hatch for the Blancpain GT’s and we shall be spending the day in Stopwatch Hospitality again.

I also got to meet up with others that till then I only spoke to on twitter, Jay Mooney being one. Jay is another MG Trophy driver and genuinely didn’t mind spending some time chatting, likewise was the lovely Nathalie McGloin, who is the ONLY female in the UK with spinal injuries and an ARDS.

Nathalie and I had spent the previous week chatting and I got to interview her in this PitCrewOnline piece. It was nice to go and meet her and put a face to the name, especially as she had just finished 12th in her 2nd ever race! A name to watch and I will definitely stay in touch and follow her season with interest.

After a long day and lots of new faces it was time to head home a little tired and overwhelmed with the day, little did I realise that Saturday was NOTHING compared to the week coming.

The week started quietly and I got to work at writing and publishing Nathalie’s piece, then the most crazy series of events happens…

In case you didn’t know I also write for www.thepitcrewonline.net and some of the crew are followed by different people to me. They were all RTing the interview and somehow WEC Spa 6hrs winner Fernando Rees had seen it and Favourited it, what happened next is now a bit of a blur, the short story is he allowed me to interview him next. To say i was absolutely stunned is an understatement, i’m still in shock I think

My Fernando Rees interview will go live in the very near future! (FR interview can now be found here)

Around the same time I was talking with British GT’s driver Dennis Strandberg,  as i’ve been working on him being my next driver interview, at the time he wanted to wait till after his next race which was last Sunday at Rockingham. He came 2nd in the GT4 class with his team mate Will Moore and so we had something to talk about, although with my busy week we’ve not yet finished that, but in the meantime its been fun getting to know him, definitely give him a follow, he only recently joined twitter and so its very easy to chat with him there, and oh my what a week of joking that has been!!

There’s also some other things going on that I can’t yet share yet, I certainly will as the seasons progress and the times become right.

Its Ben’s turn next and so early next week, Tuesday I believe he will be posting his 1st week away racing, so you’ll all get your F1 fix then.

catch you all again soon

 

Sandra