Round 6 turned out to be somewhat chaotic but finished with a dream result for us. Following on from our head gasket failure at Snetterton 2 weeks ago it was a mammoth task just to turn the car around. On Friday morning we still weren’t sure if we would even be in the paddock.
Qualifying was our first test to see if we had fixed our problem and as such started gingerly. Slowly we picked up the pace as we became confident in the health of our engine and amazingly took our first pole position of the year by nearly a full second.
The race began with a serious threat of rain. Unfortunately an incident in the mid pack on the run up to turn 1 brought out a red flag as the damage was cleared away.
The race was shortened to 30 minutes and while sitting on the grid waiting for a restart, the rain hit. Within minutes the once bone dry circuit had become a blinding greasy skate rink in the blazing sunshine. The race started behind the safety car in quickly drying conditions but the first few laps were very tricky as grip levels changed so rapidly.
The bright Green front wheel drive Mangoes Racing Seat Super Cupra was unstoppable in the slippery conditions and took the lead from us in relentless fashion. As the circuit dried we quickly got on the back of the seat again as we approached the pit stops.
We blinked first which sadly ended our chances of a race win as the safety car was then scrambled giving the Mangoes Seat a free pit stop which effectively left him a lap up on everyone else.
Leading the field away from the safety car restart we held on to take 2nd position overall and another class win!
This now brings the gap in the points down to just 4 going into the last round at Oulton Park.
Yet another example of how little power a Caterham needs to defeat even the fastest sports cars!
Huge thank to our team and especially to the efforts of our sponsors for getting us there in the first place!