Dana Freeman’s first weekend in Class C of the BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship was filled with promise after two successful races at her home circuit of Brands Hatch. After competing in Class D during the course of the season, Freeman was ready to make the step up in the season finale and showed excellent speed throughout the weekend. After qualifying 18th in the opener before executing a superb recovery drive in race two, charging through to a top-15 result whilst setting the fastest laps of her weekend.
Dana was given a chance to test the new Class C machinery at Lydden Hill prior to the Brands Hatch weekend where she showed good pace and was looking forward to the step up. The opening practice session on Saturday would give a good indication of her progress and Freeman showed great speed by placing 15th out of a strong 20 car field. More impressive however, was her consistency with her seven best lap times all within half a second of her best, a notable achievement for Dana’s first competitive session in the car.
Qualifying took place later in the afternoon with Dana hoping for further progress from the first practice at Brands Hatch. Freeman showed good speed early in the session and came close to beating her time from practice but struggled for any improvements during the middle portion of the session. With a new personal best qualifying time, Freeman showed some pace late on in qualifying but had to settle for 18th place. Nonetheless, Dana should be pleased with her showing in practice and qualifying in what is still a very new car to her after driving the Class D Ford Fiesta for the majority of the season.
The opening race of the weekend took place Sunday lunchtime with Dana looking for a trouble-free first race in the highly competitive Class C of the BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship. Freeman dropped one place on the opening lap but the field was extremely close with all the drivers covered by less than 10 seconds. On lap five Dana passed Jason Powell for 18th and set her sights on the drivers ahead of her with a small group within range for the Class C debutant. Throughout the 20-minute race Dana made good improvements on her lap times and despite being unable to pass David Pugh, the young driver was satisfied with her 17th place result. Freeman’s consistency from qualifying was backed up in the race with almost half of her lap times within two tenths of her best, maintaining this speed would be vital to ensuring a positive race two.
Race two at Brands Hatch took place later in the day with Dana once again starting from 18th courtesy of her second fastest time set in qualifying. After falling to 19th after lap one, Freeman made a small mistake on lap two which relegated her to the rear of the field. Determined not to go a lap down, Dana set a series of strong lap times and was rewarded as the safety car was brought out on lap nine, just seconds away from the Daniels Motorsport being lapped. When the racing resumed Freeman was determined to gain some ground and immediately passed Kevin Gooding for 16th. From then on, Dana seriously impressed by significantly closing down the gap to the drivers ahead by around a second a lap. A last lap move on Jason Powell gave Freeman 15th position which she held to the line, a great achievement in just her second race in the Ford Fiesta ST.
Dana’s first full season of circuit racing has been extremely successful as she has shown her talents in two different classes of the BRSCC Quaife Fiesta Championship. Top-5 results in Class D, backed up with impressive pace on debut in Class C, should fill her with confidence heading into the off-season where she’ll hope to secure funding to compete again next season. With the experience gained during the course of the year, Dana will hope this will enable her to progress and move up the grid in 2017.
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