Junior Saloon Car Championship driver Shanel Drewe is remaining optimistic despite a challenging spell in her car racing career. Shanel has suffered her fair share of bad luck during the past few rounds which have hindered her progress, nevertheless, the team has been working tirelessly under a limited budget to improve the car and give Drewe the best chance possible on track. The short break before the next round of the championship at Croft will help to give Shanel and the team time to prepare the car for the final three meetings where Drewe will be looking to compete for top-15 results.
Coming into the season with no racing experience, Shanel immediately impressed in the opening round by claiming 17th place finish in a highly competitive field at Oulton Park, before backing this up with a top-15 result at Pembrey. Drewe has displayed some superb driving throughout the season and has scored points in every race to date, a notable achievement in a series with a number of rookie drivers. Even through times of adversity, Shanel has shown a great attitude and a willingness to improve which has been crucial during the last two meetings where results haven’t been quite what she’d hoped for. With the final three rounds of the season taking place in the next three months, Shanel and team will be able to use the time to steadily improve on the car to end the season on a high.
Shanel is very thankful for all the sponsors who have come on board during the course of the season to provide much needed funding and support. Sponsors can help with entry fees or purchasing new tyres to use during the course of the weekend, with their presence on the car helping to promote their business and enter possible new markets. Due to the kind and generous nature of Drewe’s loyal sponsors, she has been able to compete at every round throughout the year and consistency race alongside some of the best young drivers in the country.
Round six of the Junior Saloon Car Championship at Brands Hatch was always going to be a challenge for Shanel but one she was looking forward to. Signs were good after the opening Friday test session with Drewe immediately getting to grips with the challenging circuit and setting some highly competitive lap times. Qualifying on Saturday was tricky with changeable conditions facing the drivers but Shanel excelled in the wet, setting some of the fastest times of any drivers who braved the treacherous conditions. Despite some rain in the forecast, both races were unfortunately held in dry conditions with Drewe hopeful of further rain following on from her strong performances during the latter stages of qualifying. Shanel struggled with a couple of mechanical issues during the races but completed the events to collect valuable championship points, including a close battle with Emily Glanvill during the opening portion of the first race.
With just three rounds remaining this season, Shanel sits inside the top-20 in the highly competitive Junior Saloon Car Championship. Drewe will be hoping to move up the standings in the remaining races and will be eager to visit a number of new circuits and further develop her racecraft. Shanel should be proud of what she has achieved so far this season with a limited budget and a comparably novice team, with much less racing experience in comparison to some of her fellow drivers.
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