As the UK was experiencing the wettest January in 100 years, it did not stop Alex taking to the track at Brands Hatch for his first test of 2014.
A wet Brands Hatch was the perfect venue for Alex to get to grips with driving the Ginetta Junior car in conditions more suited to swimming then driving. With a “green” track and standard Michelin road tyres, first job was to learn the wet lines around the circuit.
With top BTCC driver Adam Morgan on board Alex completed a number of sighting runs before hitting the track for the first time on his own. A number of individual runs were then completed with Alex consistently improving on his times.
As conditions deteriorated further Alex demonstrated why he was chosen as the 2014 Ginetta Junior scholarship winner with a number of fast and controlled laps as other drivers were beaten by the conditions and the sessions were interrupted by a number of red flags.
With standing water and “rivers” of water running across the track, testing was finally halted when the JHR Ginetta test car broke down on circuit and Alex did his slowest lap off the day on the tow rope of the circuit recovery vehicle.
An electrical fault on the car could not be found before the circuit closed and Alex’s first test day was brought to a premature end. A very happy team and Alex, however, left a “flooded” Brands hatch with the first successful test of 2014 completed and looking forward to the next test at Thruxton in February.