Rounds 2&3 of the 2011 PFFC series were held at a slightly overcast, but mainly dry Donington Park. It was set to be a fantastic weekend of racing with old-time Ferrari classic winner Nicky-Paul-Barron back in contention and offering a challenge to the front runners. There was to be a qualifying and a race on the Saturday and same on the Sunday all consisting of 20-minute sessions.
PFFC Knockhill 2010 review – It was good news tome that Knockhill was back on the calendar for 2010. On hearing great things from brother Ben about the circuit from when the series visited in 2008 it sounded like a real challenge, and it was with great anticipation that I set off on the long trip north.
Ben Cartwright had his first outright win in the Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic last weekend at Snetterton. The meeting was a double header consisting of a 20 minute race on the Saturday and a 30 minute race on the Sunday. He claimed pole position for the first race and finished second after a close duel with the race victor David Tomlin and 3rd place William Jenkins.
After an exiting seasons racing in the Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic and two overall wins for Jamie the Scuderia Cartwright came out on top with two overall class wins. Jamie was awarded the Trofeo trophy for his GP4 modified class win and Ben was awarded the Big Swifty for his GP3 standard class win. We hope to repeat this success in 2010.
The weather forecast was good for the weekend, and this proved correct, as qualifying conditions were perfect if a little cold back in the paddock. I felt pretty happy with the way my car was performing and there were no major issues as the session commenced .It was my first real outing at this circuit so I felt that I would use qualifying as a steep learning curve, to build my confidence for the race.
Jamie had set some impressive times in his GP4 car on Friday’s test and we were full of high hopes for him for Sundays 2 races. All three cars were entered with Nick and myself in our GP3 cars. Jamie impressed us all and qualified on pole position on Sunday morning almost a second ahead of second place David Tomlin.