Josh’s Blog – September 2012

Josh Smith blog entry

MVT Car RedTime for my next blog, the summer holidays are over, and college is back up and running again.

If you have been following my blog recently, you would have seen some comments about F1 and how poorly our Brits have been doing. Well, after the mandatory summer break for the teams, it was great to see Jenson Button completely dominating the Belgium GP at Spa after Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian GP prior to the break. Jenson had an excellent weekend, his qualifying performance was unbeatable and he then controlled the race from start to finish. Sadly, Lewis Hamilton was involved in the first corner crash along with Alonso and Grosjean, but his poor qualifying performance was always going to put him at risk on the run down to the first corner. The two McLaren drivers are still a long way from the top of the championship where Alonso is still sitting pretty, but it is a long championship, and anything can happen, particularly in this year’s F1 championship.

I also got my first glimpse of the Hillier’s Electronics book last week, in which I edited 4 chapters. It’s a great book and one that suitably sits alongside the rest of the Hillier’s range. The VLE tutor resource is out next month and I’m looking forward to seeing that in the flesh too. But the revamped books should certainly be on your Birthday or Christmas list – it’s only 16 weeks away 😉

The Fundamentals of Motorsport Engineering book is nearing its completion on my behalf, there is one chapter left to complete – Event and Setup, and then the final few chapters need some editorial checks and amendments to be carried out.

The college car raced at Castle Combe at the end of August and we had our first Pole Position in the series, and also came 3rd in the race. We are looking forward to our final race of the season, which is on October 7th where we will also be starting up an exciting partnership with Nelson Thornes as they join our race team as the Title Sponsor.