REDNAL driver Tobias Owen is gearing up for his second season in motorsport. In his latest column for the Standard, he assesses his pre-season preparations and identifies his aims for 2020.
My first year of car racing was a steep learning curve.
I’ve had time to process it over the winter break and identify what I need to do to go faster. I’ve watched a lot of footage back, both my own on-board footage and that of quicker drivers, to see where I can improve my technique.
The BRSCC MX-5 Championship operates both an A group and a B group. Since I’m still fairly new to the tournament, I’m expecting to once again be racing in the latter, but this time I’ll be aiming to be near to the front.
I want to be scoring points in every race that I finish, which is an ambitious goal but certainly one that’s achievable.
Last week, I was at Oulton Park in Cheshire to give my car a pre-season shakedown and get my head back into racing mode.
Despite a number of stoppages due to the slippery conditions on the track, I managed to get a few long runs in towards the end of the day and was happy with the progress made.
Unfortunately, the car developed an oil leak late in the day which now needs to be fixed in time for the start of the season, the only dampener on an otherwise successful day.
I also welcomed some University of Birmingham students, who are part of their University’s racing team competing in the Formula Student competition, to learn about how I use my data to analyse and improve my own performance.
Since announcing that I will become the first driver ever to race fully carbon neutral this year, I have teamed up with new partners in GoBobby.uk and Carbon Footprint Ltd, both companies who share a similar interest in reducing the emissions in the sport.
I’m now looking ahead to the start of the new season, which kicks off on the weekend of March 21 and 22 at the home of British motorsport – Silverstone circuit – where I hope to secure my best-ever results in the Championship.