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.
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.
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.