Emily Glanvill has continued her progress in the Junior Saloon Car Championship with a positive weekend at Brands Hatch. Emily faced changeable conditions throughout the meeting but thoroughly enjoyed her weekend at the historic circuit where she collected a pair of top-20 results. The weekend was completed by an extremely rewarding trip to iZone where Glanvill was able to use the state of the art simulator to learn her home track of Knockhill in preparation for the meeting in a couple of months’ time.
With Emily visiting Brands Hatch as a spectator back in 2013, she was excited to take to the track on Friday and explore the limits of the car. Dry weather and a well-rubbered in track led to good conditions for all the drivers as many drove the Brands Hatch circuit for the first time in their racing careers. A number of positive sessions meant that Emily was confident heading into qualifying on Saturday afternoon where she would be able to further develop her knowledge of the track. With the Brands Hatch Indy circuit being the shortest on calendar, Glanvill looked to find a space through the traffic in order to set a fast lap time. Unfortunately the rain began to fall after just four flying laps which left drivers unable to improve on their best times. Nonetheless, Emily made use of the time remaining in qualifying to get some valuable experience in the wet and set some competitive lap times in the process.
The first race of the weekend began on Sunday morning with Emily starting from 19th on the grid. Glanvill made a fantastic initial start but was unable to gain any ground due to the tight nature of the start/finish straight at Brands Hatch. After the opening lap Emily had dropped to 22nd but less than 10 seconds covered the entire field of Junior Saloon Car Championship drivers. Glanvill enjoyed a close battle with Shanel Drewe for the opening portion of the race before making the move on her fellow female driver on lap five. With the group of drivers ahead having pulled away, Emily settled into a rhythm and set a number of consistent lap times during the course of the race, this was encouraging as consistency has been one aspect of her performance which she has been aiming to improve in recent meetings. At the end of the 16 lap race, Glanvill finished in 20th but she had started to gain on Harry Bishop and Thorburn Astin ahead of her in the closing stages which provided great encouragement heading into race two.
Race two began later in the afternoon with Emily once again starting from 19th courtesy of her second fastest time in qualifying. Another brilliant start, a trademark of Glanvill’s season, saw her climb to 12th on the opening lap as the safety car was deployed for a single-car incident. A superb restart from Emily saw her open up a gap of almost two seconds to the car behind her as the racing resumed. Glanvill’s defensive skills were tested out during the middle portion of the race as a number of faster drivers looked for a way past. By the halfway mark Emily had dropped to 17th but was learning a lot from the other drivers and where her strengths lied round the challenging Brands Hatch circuit. After a competitive late-race battle with Astin, Glanvill finished in 19th position and collected a number of valuable championship points in the process.
Despite not always having the results to show for it, Emily should be extremely proud of her progress during her first season of circuit racing to date. Her performances at Brands Hatch showed she has a great racing instinct in both gaining positions at the start of races, as well as defending from quicker drivers behind her. Glanvill is looking forward to the next two meetings at Croft and Knockhill where she’ll hope to continue her development as the Junior Saloon Car Championship Scholarship winner.
Emily would like to thank her sponsors Walero, House of Hearing and Jays Racewear, Fabletics and Ian J Brown & Company for all their continued support. Emily would also like to thank the Junior Saloon Car Championship Scholarship sponsors; Teenage Cancer Trust, Vantage Motor Group, OREX Competition, Junction1 Graphics, Purple M Photo, Custom Cages, GAZ Shocks, Fuel Safe Silverstone, Haymarket Media Group, Tockwith Motorsports, PhotoBox and Yokohama Tyres Europe for their dedication.
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