The latest instalment of the BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship took place at Anglesey this weekend with Dana Freeman looking to consolidate her strong position in the standings. Although Anglesey was a brand new track for the Daniels Motorsport driver to learn, Dana was immediately on the pace during practice and qualifying, staying in touch with fellow competitors Jack Youhill and Jessica King. Freeman’s pace during both races was also highly commendable and she will feel unlucky to come away with a seventh place result during race one, and an eighth place finish during an eventful race two.
After a short break since the last round of the championship at Silverstone, Dana was eager to get off to a flying start at Anglesey which would be a new track to her, as well as a number of her competitors. Conditions were dry but windy for the drivers on Saturday morning as they took to the track for the only practice session of the weekend. Freeman showed good pace from the outset and continued her speed during the course of the session to set the seventh fastest time, a whisker away from teammate Jess King.
Qualifying took place Saturday afternoon with Dana looking for further improvements after a strong start to the weekend. With just a handful of laps in the book, Freeman was only half a second away from her best time in practice as a red flag brought the session to a halt. When the session resumed Dana quickly improved her time and ran a number of consistent lap times which rewarded her with a seventh place starting spot, gaining half a second from her best time earlier in the day.
Race one of the BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship at Anglesey took place on Sunday morning with dry conditions once again at the picturesque Welsh circuit. Despite not making the best start, Dana held seventh in class after the opening lap and began chasing down the Class A cars ahead of her. With a series of clean overtakes, Freeman fought her way through the order and set her sights on fellow Class D competitor Jack Youhill by lap five. In the pursuit of her rival, Dana set a series of superb lap times, beating her best time from qualifying by around seven tenths of a second. With a clean track ahead of her in the closing stages, Freeman’s lap times were impressively consistent with six consecutive lap times within half a second of her best, even beginning to close in slightly on Youhill in the final laps. At the end of the 20-minute race, Freeman finished in seventh which was a good effort on debut at Anglesey with more improvements to come in race two of the penultimate round of the season.
The second race of the weekend began shortly after with a quick turnaround for drivers and teams alike. Starting from seventh in class courtesy of her finish in race one, Dana dropped a position early on but had already shown her strong racecraft earlier in the day to regain positions. Although Freeman found it tougher to recover lost ground than in race one, a red flag with just six minutes remaining gave her a chance to move up the order. With nothing to lose on the restart, Dana gave her all and almost passed Penelope Jones on the final lap but had to settle for eighth in class, but secured a good top-15 finish in the overall standings after an eventful second race at Anglesey.
Throughout the course of the season Dana has showed great maturity by learning each circuit with very limited track time each weekend. Regularly competing with more experienced drivers, Freeman’s racecraft has developed considerably which helped her to make a series of overtakes at an Anglesey circuit which isn’t famed for its overtaking opportunities. Just one round remains in this season’s BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship which takes place at Dana’s home circuit of Brands Hatch in four weeks’ time.
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