In the name of all that is right and proper will someone please pass me a f@#ing footspa.
I profusely apologise for the implied swearing but upon covering close to a marathon distance from the Brands Hatch hospitality suites (check us out!) to the paddock and then to the pit lane and then back again – its safe to say my feet are ‘done-in’ (not the best use of the English language but quite frankly it is the most accurate assessment I can come up with).
But… (there’s always a but isn’t there?) I wouldn’t change it for the world because the friends we have made, the fun we have had and the exposure we have managed to generate for a number of superb racing series has made every step more than worthwhile.
What it really all meant was we were back in the field once more going behind the scenes with our cameras to film what club motorsport is really like with our new best friends the Fiesta Juniors, Fiesta Championship and ongoing best mates the Disklok Civic Cup.
At the last count, over 10,000 people tuned in to our live behind the scenes coverage of both the BRSCC Fiesta Championships, the Civic Cup and of the Fiesta Juniors taster day across Saturday and Sunday with driver interviews, car tours and just a shed load of fun had by all.
But, enough about us, what about the actual racing?
Well, I am glad you asked because my heart-rate is yet to come down.
First up, we were treated to a Fiesta Championship race on Saturday afternoon (the first of three Fiesta Championship races of the weekend) and it proved to be a special 20 minutes out on track as James Waite swept to his first-ever Fiesta Championship victory in greasy conditions following plenty of rain earlier in the day.
Nearly 10 seconds was the gap to David Nye in second place with Zachery Lucas filling the final podium place.
However, that was just a snippet of the action for us and the BRSCC on Saturday.
There are few better surprises for motorsport nuts than a visit from the Racing Mentor herself Jess Shanahan.
The Fiesta Junior sample day visitors were the lucky recipients of a talk from Jess regarding sponsorship (little plug here but make sure you pick up her book because it really is a must-read).
Anyway, after a long day of filming, it was time for a Christmas party.
Yep, you heard that right, despite it being July that did little to dampen the Xmas spirit (don’t you hate the word Xmas?) and what a blast it turned out to be.
Everyone was invited, the food was tasty, the drink was good, but the atmosphere was even better. Fans, teams, drivers, media, in fact, anyone from all walks of life were invited and it was clear that in motorsport everyone belongs.
So, after wimping out early to get a long night’s sleep, I woke up fresh as a daisy on Sunday morning ready for a day in front of the camera.
First up for us was qualifying for the Disklok Civic Cup.
Championship leader Lee Deegan put it on pole from Bruce Winfield and Daniel Reason in a session that fired Brands Hatch into life on Sunday morning.
If there were any thick heads on Sunday morning, the Civic Cup would have been a rude awakening.
After that, it was time for the first Fiesta Juniors race of the weekend.
Joel Wren successfully converted his pole position into the race win although championship Oliver Turner failed to finish the race as did Alfie Glenie.
Joseph Loake came home in second place and Ted Potts earned the final podium place.
There was no rest for us though as we made our way back down to the assembly area for the first Disklok Civic Cup race and unsurprisingly Lee Deegan managed to replicate Joel Wren from the Fiesta Juniors and translate pole into a race win.
Daniel Reason earned second place and Paul Taylor made it onto the podium for the first time in his Civic Cup career.
Lunch followed – yum – and I managed to catch the start of the F1 before it was time to catch up with the Fiesta Championship chaps again and this time it was roles reversed as David Nye took the victory from James Waite in second and Isaac Smith in third.
As the day started to get to its climax, we still had plenty to do as Oliver Turner took victory in the second Fiesta Juniors race whilst David Buky earned what proved to be a comfortable win in the second Civic Cup race of the day before Jamie Going took the chequered flag in race three of the Fiesta Championship.
And so our day came to an end – two solid days of filming of hours upon hours of footage to work through and thousands of viewers (over 10000 at the last count).
We cannot thank Laura, Laurie, Penny, and Maddie from the BRSCC Fiesta Championships and Juniors for having us along and allowing us all access and Simon from the Civic Cup for opening up the doors to the Civic Cup to our cameras for the second time this season.
As it was time to say goodbye, I was tinged with sadness as within just 48 hours, I was made to feel like I had been a family member for years from everyone we came into contact with.
My feet may well have been knackered, but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
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