19 October 2012
Paul Platt: "I'm quite a good reader of what people are going to do in the race."
"After the season you've had, could you be forgiven for thinking you're Sebastian Vettel in disguise?"
"Ha ha! I'd like to. I'd like to have his wages as well but you know what I mean. It's been quite a successful year. Out of the nine races that count, we won seven of them. For the others, I came second in one and brought it home seventh in the other one."
"You've been racing for 21 years, what do you think of the competitiveness of the field you've faced this year?"
"It's been quite competitive. It's a shame James O'Reilly didn't do a full season with us. That would've been good as well. The quality of the field has been quite good.
My first season in the 250 National class was in 2009. I found it hard to be on the pace all the time at every circuit. Getting the kart set up right, stuff like that.
But this year, the competitors have been quite good. Louis Wall kept me honest at Silverstone. There wasn't much between us there, passing each other lap after lap. Down the Wellington Straight into the Luffield, every lap we were changing places. I thought he was going to win but I always outbraked him into that complex. It's been quite competitive."
"We know Toby and Ben Davis had the DRS system, how did your kart develop over the course of the season?"
"I changed things every meeting. Every time we went to the track I'd have something new. Starting off at Oulton Park, I had a revised rear diffuser to try to generate rear-end grip and stability so I can take more rear wing off to generate more top-end speed and lessen drag.
Then we went to Silverstone and the thing we changed there was the nose cone. I engineered a full flat bottom to help aid cooling of the front brake system and also change all the airflow under the nose cone and floor tray straight to the diffuser. I also made a different rear wing for that meeting. I had two rear wing set-ups. I'd come in and change the rear wings back to back. I didn't quite get it working right, but I got the bigger endplate on the rear wing. That was another development.
There was a test day for the 125s at Oulton Park in the middle of the year. On the Friday I went testing there and we tested the rear wing again. It generated more top end speed.
Everytime I was going to the circuit, I thought somebody else would have something different or would be little bit more on the pace. I always had to change something to be one step ahead of them. With the summer coming up, I'd taken away the rear radiator. The PVP can't run with a single radiator as the Anderson can because of the airflow in the sidepods and side radiator. It's not sufficient.
Again I engineered a better cooling system inside the pod and when the summer months came, especially at Thruxton, I had to have more air scoops going to the radiator."
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