Christie Doran has ended her VAG Trophy campaign with a perfect weekend at Castle Combe. Coming into the weekend off the back of strong meetings at Snetterton and Oulton Park, Christie was aiming to add to her win tally at a circuit which she has historically found success at. This speed was immediately shown in qualifying as she took her first pole position before going onto win both races, the first by a huge margin of over 25 seconds. This secured Doran’s position of third in the Class B standings in a year which has seen her take her first ever pole position and race victory, in addition to leading some overall laps.
Qualifying for the final round of the VAG Trophy took place on Saturday morning with a busy day ahead for all the racers. With positive experiences of Castle Combe in the past, Christie was looking forward to a strong qualifying session and she started off well by setting the quickest time in class at the halfway mark. Further improvements came in the second half of the session with Doran taking pole position in class as a red flag ended the session prematurely. This was a hugely impressive performance from Christie who also out-qualified a number of Class A drivers in the process.
With a completely dry track for the opening race of the weekend, Christie faced a new challenge but was confident of maintaining her strong pace. Making a fantastic start, Christie held her seventh place overall and led Class B after the first lap. Pulling away from her rivals in the early stages, Doran continued to hold many Class A drivers at bay as they squabbled for positions behind her. As the race progress, a couple of the quicker cars found their way through but Christie kept her focus and set the fastest lap in class to secure an extra championship point. Doran extended her advantage in the closing stages to take a thoroughly dominant Class B victory by 25 seconds over Barrie Culley and Simon Tomlinson.
Race two began later that afternoon with the grid positions based on the results of the opening race of the weekend. Despite not getting the best start and dropping down to second after the first lap, Christie knew she had the pace to pull the time back and re-took the class lead on lap two. From there she didn’t look back and set about extending her advantage over her Class B rivals, whilst setting the fastest lap in the process. The race was brought to a premature end by a red flag on lap seven with Christie taking another impressive win to complete a perfect weekend. Two pole positions, fastest laps and race victories rounded off a very successful season for Doran and the Slidesports team who worked tirelessly during the course of the year to provide Christie with the best car possible.
Christie should be incredibly proud of the progress she’s made during the course of the season, going from a podium contender to a regular race winner by the end of the year. Doran’s qualifying performances have been particularly strong this year which is a testament to her natural ability in the car to learn the circuit and get the most out of the car. With a couple of positive seasons under her belt, Christie may look to stay in the VAG Trophy next year in the pursuit of a Class B title.
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