European Finals Meeting
6th – 9th September 2018
Santa Pod Raceway
On Tuesday evening we headed for Santa Pod so we could have an early start on Wednesday morning to set up our pits because we had a 3 car Nick Good Motorsport team at the event.
Wednesday we set up the pits and built the car up and took it for scrutineering, which it passed as usual, Nick and Cristiann always prepare Brad’s car to the highest standard.
First qualifying run Brad pulled a 0.07 reaction time and we were 7 hundredths of a second off our dial and this left us in 8th place which was a good solid start to the day.
Q2 Brad pulled a 0.04 reaction time but Brad struggled for grip and ran a slightly better time but others had improved and this left Brad in 14th place.
Q3 Brad pulled a 0.08 reaction time but once again struggled for grip, got too much wheel spin and we dropped to 18th place, which was the end of the first day’s qualifying.
Thursday morning we went out for Q4, Brad pulled a 0.06 reaction but once again no grip, we decided to change the set up on the car and looked forward to Q5 because we had now dropped to 21st.
Q5 Brad pulled a 0.07 reaction and this time the car worked fine and Brad’s improvement with 2 hundredths of a second over dial improved him to 17th, in fact the first 11 places now were inside 9 thousandths of a second !
Q6 Brad pulled a 0.05 reaction and a 1 hundredths of a second over dial got Brad up to 14th place from 29 drivers, a great recovery from the grip issues we had been having, Brad had been very consistent over the 2 days with his reaction times and we now had a car we felt confident with again and looked forward to eliminations.
Saturday brought round 1 of eliminations and we were racing Mathijs Kraetzer from the Netherlands in a very competitive altered, Mathijs had obviously seen how good Brad’s reaction times had been and got a little too eager trying to get a good reaction time and pulled a 0.04 red light foul and gifted the win to Brad
Sunday’s round 2 of eliminations Brad was paired against Billy Gane, Billy had been really on it all weekend and was only a couple of thousandths of his dial all weekend, Brad pulled an amazing 0.005 (5 thousandths ) of a second against Billy’s creditable 7 hundredths of a second dial this gave Brad the hole shot win.
Round 3 Brad was paired against John Pryzbyl, another ex Junior Dragster driver and championship rival to Brad, John’s 0.112 reaction was no match to Brad’s 0.018 reaction and once again Brad’s great reaction time gave him the advantage and Brad took the win and was now in the semi final.
In the semi final Brad faced the seasoned campaigner Tom Atkinson who was having a good weekend, Tom pulled a 0.118 reaction time and Brad who was on fire this weekend with his super consistent reaction times pulled a 0.028 and took the hole shot win.
In the final Brad faced Mark Bailey, Mark has just moved into the class stepping up from Pro ET and was having a great weekend, Mark got a little bit too hungry and red lit, so fouled giving the victory to Brad. Brad has now won the European Finals twice in the last 3 years, he is also having a great end to the season, at the last meeting he was runner up ( Summer National) and winning this meeting shows that he is at the very top of his form, with only 1 more round to go Brad is now leading the championship.
Brad’s girlfriend, Liz, was with Brad all weekend and helped I think this helped him not to get too nervous about everything going on around him, as usual Brad was super cool with everything, the most laidback guy in our family !
The points at the top are extremely close and the National Finals meeting in October will be a real nail biter with any one of the top six in with a real chance of winning the championship!
These results are not official and need to be ratified but I make the top ten to be;-