I was due to be in East Fortune for the classroom session of the SACU License day. That did not happen. I had a disaster of a Friday. Stuck in work 30mins late, rushing to get the van and pack it with everything I needed for the day.
I didn’t have proper time to check out the directions to East Fortune. I thought the sat-nav would take me there. So I set off with the packed van, following the sat-nav. I knew the race track was near the National Museum of Flight and didn’t think it would be hard to find. I sent off driving, as I got onto the A1 after Edinburgh the sat-nav was telling me to take the turn off, but the signs were telling me to stay on the road. I turned off. I got a call from the man organising it find out where I am at this stage the sat-nav was telling me 5mins away. Except I was going to North Berwick rather than East Fortune. Another call, where am I. Lost in East Lothian. Driving about I managed to find the museum but could not find the track. Too late anyway they had started and I should come back early tomorrow. Doh!
This time I decided to ask for directions. Back out at 7am to arrive at 8. This time I followed the directions and found it no problem at all.
I set up got the bike prep’d, had to fit a brake protector and fuel up. Then went to meet Bill Davey to do the written test. All went well with that and it was off to scrutineering to make sure my bike and I pass.
It did. Got the all clear. 1st up was the over 600s, then under 600s and side cars. As the bike is a 620 twin I went out with the under 600s. The guy assessing me was the guy in the van next to mine. The guys name was Mike Skinner (not from The Streets). His son is Rory Skinner who competes in Red Bull Rookies. So some talented people next door. He gave me some good advice and I started to get more confidence with the track.
I was a bit of a chicken with Pates and not sure I ever really got the hand of Railway, and also seemed to think the Essess required some brakes. But as the day got on I got faster and more confident.
3rd time out we did practice starts. That was good, felt like a race. Was also quite terrifying. Due to some people waiting for the green light rather than going with the red goes out we did it twice. I totally blew it 2nd time thinking I was going to run up the back of someone into Pates and couldn’t let off the brakes. I got the gopro fitted and got it filmed.
Next time out in the holding bay I was told the gopro was not allowed and they took it off me. I collected it later on and was again told it wasn’t allowed but nobody would explain why not. Least I got some nice footage. Will upload that soon.
Overall it was a great day. First time back on the bike since I bought it in about September and 2nd time I’ve been on the bike ever.
Got my race license now. The plan was to do Cadwell Park on the 16th and 17th of April. East Fortune has a round on Saturday the 9th I could do to get a bit more practice before The Mini-Nurburgring. Need to count my pennies and see if I can make it work.
Will keep this updated on what I am going to do.