Year two (’95) was a better one in terms of results, but I was still incredibly raw. I got a lot of pole positions, but I was very impatient in the races and I had no idea technically about the car. I did well in the Formula Ford Festival and was a marked man when I went back to Australia to contest the Adelaide Grand Prix support race. It was great to win that one.
The ’96 season was tough for many reasons. I didn’t know any of the tracks in England, except for Brands Hatch, and I missed home a lot, which had a negative impact on my racing. It was only when I went home mid-season and realised that I was missing nothing that I got my head straight. I had a much better second half of the year, which included winning the Festival. That was huge and more than made up for finishing second in the championship.”