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Focus On… Tiegen Goodfellow – BRM Europe

Consistency. If it isn’t Tiegen’s middle name, perhaps it should be. Having re-found her starting form by Saturday’s Heat 2, her performance in Sunday’s final heat was equally credit-worthy. And if you’re wondering whether that alone is grounds to start considering a deed poll application, let’s take a second to consider her race times. Granted, conditions on the two days were very similar, but ask any driver and they will tell you that the water changes from one lap to the next. The GT30’s run their races over 8 laps. On Saturday, Tiegen posted a race time of 7m 28.63s in Heat 2. 24 hours later, Heat 3 saw her post a time of 7m 28.89 seconds. A fraction over a quarter of a second difference over 7 and a half minutes. That’s consistency.

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Speaking to Tiegen after the race, the smile was still there for all to see. Her comparatively poor start to the first heat of the weekend had set her back slightly, but her attitude and three very mature drives were enough to see her claim second overall for the weekend, beaten to the top step by Ben Jelf. Tiegen’s plan of action to take the fight to Ben? Props. The general opinion is that this is where the most beneficial gains can be made.

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Tiegen and the rest of the team are now looking forward to the Kingsbury Grand Prix on the 2nd and 3rd of July, and Tiegen will be approaching that weekend the same way she approaches every weekend. Nail the starts and drive hard to the finish. With that attitude and the proof we have so far that there is pace in the boat, I would definitely say Tiegen is one to watch for the rest of the season.

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Bryan

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Focus On… Tiegen Goodfellow – BRM Europe

Every time I saw Tiegen today she was smiling, and she was well within her rights to. After the final heat of the afternoon, Tiegen and I borrowed a couple of chairs from fellow GT30 competitor Tony Judge, and talked about her day.

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Tiegen looked quick right from the word go – she told me that last week’s testing had been very beneficial. Most of the qualifying session was spent ensuring that the boat was set up right, and Tiegen ended up posting the third quickest time of the session, behind Ben Jelf and Jack Pickles.

In Heat 1, Tiegen was sadly unable to replicate her Lowestoft starting form and ended up losing a place. She drove a solid race however, gaining valuable knowledge of how the boat behaves in close racing and how best to get it through the wash of preceeding boats, and brought it home in 4th place.

The GT30’s are one of two classes who ran two heats today. Heat 2 though provided some really entertaining racing. Tiegen lined up 4th, but got her start hooked up beautifully and by the Fairground turn was locking horns with Thomas Mantripp. Asking her about this moment, she told me she loves racing close with other drivers as it puts more pressure on her and she drives harder. Tiegen and Thomas began racing at a similar time and have come up through the GT15 class together. They know each others racecraft well.

Looking on from the jetty, by chance standing next to Tiegen’s grandad, I could see that the trajectories of the two boats was going to bring them close. Very close.
“I knew Thomas was close, and thought I just had to drive as hard as I could. I knew if I could stay with him it meant I was up there. Padding him was brilliant!”
The two boats flew along, past the start jetty and the crowd outside the clubhouse, and despite being on the outside for the next turn, Tiegen didn’t give up. She kept her foot in and pulled clear of Thomas. By this point, Ben Jelf was well ahead, but Tiegen did enough to secure another 2nd place finish.

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Walking with her, we were stopped numerous times by people wanting to congratulate her. It was lovely to see. Tomorrow there is one more heat to run. Tiegen’s take on it?
“I just need to get a good start and from there drive as hard as I can.”

I’m looking forward to seeing that.

Bryan

Focus On… Tiegen Goodfellow – BRM Europe

From now on, our “Focus On…” feature will follow two drivers each weekend, and so alongside Matt Palfreyman, our Lancashire Grand Prix coverage will feature BRM Europe’s GT30 driver, Tiegen Goodfellow.

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One of a number of drivers with a new boat for 2016, Tiegen was quick to find her form at the Lowestoft Grand Prix earlier this month and really made a mark, qualifying third and making blisteringly quick starts in all three heats. I think it would be fair to say she really made her competitors sit up and take notice. Tiegen finished 2nd overall last time out, and I wanted to know how she was feeling heading into the second round of the championship in ten days time.

“I’m really pleased with my result from the first National at Oulton Broad. I had only driven the boat twice and only race at Oulton Broad once a year. I’m now looking ahead to the second round of the National series at Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club. It is a course I am more familiar with however the competition in GT30 this year is very tough with some very determined drivers.”

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“I think there is more to come from my boat as the season progresses and I become more familiar with both the boat and the class. I am really looking forward to the rest of the season ahead and I am thoroughly enjoying the GT30 class and the support I get from BRM Europe and my family and friends.”

Tiegen is hoping to test this coming weekend at Carr Mill – I’m sure the opportunity to experience a course in a new boat before the National Championship round would be welcomed by any driver – and she has promised to keep me updated with her progress as she works to build on her second place standing so far.

Remember, the next round of the Powerboat GP National Championchips takes place at Carr Mill Dam, near St. Helens (WA11 7LZ) on 28th & 29th May. Bring your families along for a great weekend of racing, with free entry and food and drinks available on site.

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