October 13, 2013 doesn’t sound like a lucky date, does it? But it’ll forever be etched on my mind, as it was the day I won the British Touring Car Championship.
Aged 24, it was the culmination of something I’d worked towards for many years, and to take the win with my family-run Eurotech Racing team was extra special, because all of the people who’d been around me throughout my career were part of the success that day at Brands Hatch.
But has it changed my life? Not really. It’s an honour, and something I’ll always be proud of, but I’m still exactly the same person. The team still has me loading the truck up before a test and getting my hands dirty, and my will to win again is just as strong as last year – I’ve won one title, but now I want to win more.
Of course, I probably have changed a bit. I enjoyed the off-season, and especially the Awards ceremonies and the Autosport International show that bit more, simply because everyone was so pleased for me, and wanted to talk about my success. I’ve been able to put a bit less pressure on myself, because I’ve got a bit more confidence.
But the moment we loaded the truck for our first day of testing I could feel the switch inside me clicking over. All of a sudden those tell-tale signs were back; I was becoming obsessed with the racing again, thinking about nothing else, picking over every last detail. Last year is now last year - and I enjoyed winning the title, so now I’m obsessing about doing it again.