Dana Freeman’s season in the highly competitive BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship continued with a positive showing at Castle Combe last weekend. Turning her first ever laps of the technical circuit in free practice, Dana showed her talents by acclimatising herself extremely well to car and track conditions to be on the pace during the course of the meeting. Despite the overall results not quite being what she hoped for, Freeman will take a number of positives from the weekend where she battled hard to secure vital championship points.
Without the opportunity to test at Castle Combe, the weekend was always going to be a challenge for Dana but she remained positive as free practice begun on Saturday morning. Immediately Freeman was setting strong lap times, rivalling those of her experienced competitors who had tested at the circuit leading up to the weekend. Dana’s times continued to improve during the 20 minute session with the Daniels Motorsport driver setting the sixth fastest lap time in Class D, a highly commendable achievement.
Qualifying took place later in the day with Freeman aiming to continue her impressive start to the weekend at Castle Combe. After a brief trip to the pits early on in the session, Dana posted a number of competitive lap times, almost matching her brilliant best from the earlier free practice session. This would mean Freeman would line up eighth for the opening race of the weekend; however, her consistency was very impressive with her five best lap times all within one second of each other.
The opening race of the weekend took place the following afternoon with Dana looking to make her way forward early on. She initially made a good start and was running closely behind Class D rival Steve Ryan before a red flag was thrown just before the halfway point. This led to a full restart with the starting positions taken from the lap before the race was halted, meaning Dana would line up seventh in class. When the racing resumed, Freeman passed Ryan and moved into sixth place, subsequently setting her fastest lap of the race in an attempt to keep her experienced competitor behind her. On lap three, Ryan was able to find a way through but Dana kept pace with her fellow Class D racer and held seventh place for the remainder of the eight lap event.
Race two began later that day with Dana starting in seventh courtesy of her finish earlier in the day. Unfortunately it was a challenging opening lap for Freeman as she fell to eighth and became embroiled in a battle with a number of Class A runners. This made the opening portion of the race difficult but Dana battled hard and slowly improved her lap times and continued to learn more about the car and circuit. Setting some quick lap times in the latter stages of the race, Freeman was able to stabilise the gap to Ryan ahead of her but ended the 13 lap race in eighth position. Nonetheless, it was a mature drive from Dana who collected a pair of solid results in tricky circumstances, with the experienced gained proving valuable in her first full season of car racing.
Dana’s consistency has improved substantially during the course of the year with her racecraft also taking a big step forward. Competing in a one-make championship with no pre-season testing is huge challenge but one which has been fully embraced by Freeman with her impressive championship position backing up her talents. The BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship will now take a short break before returning at the end of August where the drivers will once again compete at Silverstone, this time on the National layout. With Dana’s strong results at Silverstone earlier in the season including a top-5 finish, she will be relishing the chance to return to the home of British Motorsport to continue her excellent rookie season.
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