BARCELONA RACE REPORT
In the last round of the Blancpain GT Series Championship at Barcelona's Catalunya Circuit on the 1st October, 20 year old Caitlin Wood was able to gain an invaluable amount of experience to further her aspirations of continuing in the GT world.
With mixed weather conditions during the 2 practice sessions on Saturday, it made it a difficult task for both Caitlin and her teammate - Marko Helistekangas to completely learn the track in full dry conditions.
The challenging conditions continued into Sunday morning with the Qualifying sessions beginning in wet conditions and finishing in dry. Marko started Q1 managing to put the car on P41, Caitlin continued into Q2 with drying conditions and improved to P35 whilst their professional teammate Tomas Enge was able to qualify on P24 when it counted in Q3 out of the 50 car field.
The 3H race began at 3pm on Sunday afternoon with Marko taking the start of the race in which he lost a few positions but was able to keep it clean and stay out of trouble, Caitlin completed the middle stint of the race with Tomas finishing off the race and bringing the car home in P35.
Caitlin said "I did struggle quite a bit with the handling of the car so I wasn't 100% happy with my stint, but when we take a step back and look at the race as a whole, it was actually both mine and Marko's first time competing in a Blancpain Endurance race as the last times we unfortunately didn't get to race."
"There are so many positives to take away and a big learning experience for us both but to have finally ticked off and finished a Blancpain Endurance round is a big step forward."