It was the World Series by Renault this weekend at a very sunny Silverstone, and wow was it one to pull the heart strings!
It was my first WSR event since Motorland, Spain in April, so it was great to catch up with everyone again, and see some faces I hadn’t seen in months. However, L had three races this weekend in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup series with his driver Ben Barnicoat, so I knew instantly it was going to be a manic weekend.
First race, and on the first lap I heard the commentator say in shock, “huge crash at the back end of the circuit!” – my heart dropped into my stomach. I was stood on the media centre balcony overlooking pit lane, and I tried running into the media centre to find out whether it was Ben. And there it was, Ben had been caught up in a huge crash with his team mate. Anyone who has ever been or watched racing, knows the dangers, knows that those drivers put their lives in risk the minute they sit in those cars – and watching the replay of Ferdinand Habsburg crash into Ben, then launch up into the air was petrifying.
The tv cameras weren’t showing the drivers, which is always worrying – the first thing you ask in a crash is “are the drivers okay?” – but finally after several minutes , which felt like very long minutes – they showed Ben getting out of the car. A sigh of relief! Secondly, they showed Ferdinand stepping out of the car and talking to the medics. Thankfully, they were both okay and came out of the incident unharmed.
I managed to get my emotions together, watching L put his everything into the car to get it ready for race 2, which was only a matter of hours away. I caught up with some other friends who were also at the circuit. The amount of support the boys received whilst repairing the cars was overwhelming. I don’t think a lot of people realise what goes on in the awnings and garages, they only seem to see the drivers side of things. If you ever get the chance to go into a race paddock where you’re allowed to view what goes on behind the scenes, I recommend you do. You’ll gain so much respect for what these mechanics and engineers do!
So, race two came around. L managed to get the car out, and the nerves were almost through the roof. Unfortunately, another driver went into the back of Ben, destroying his rear wing. My heart broke once again.. The bad luck has got to be run out now, surely?
Sunday came, and the third and final FR 2.0 race, safe to say my nerves were crazy! The nails were gone and I felt so close to tears as the lights went out. It was looking a safe race, until the last lap.. and Ben spun out of 3rd place. They say bad luck comes in threes but really?! Absolutely devastating.
Overall, the weekend sucked, basically! But it was so nice to see so many friends, and their support was unreal. Even though the World Series by Renault will be changing in 2016, I highly recommend making one of the race weekends. The atmosphere is great, so many activities both on track and in the paddock, and most of the time – it’s free entry!