Christie Doran returned to action in the VAG Trophy at Snetterton this weekend for the second round of the championship. After an incident at Rockingham left her without a race finish in the previous meeting, Christie was determined to bounce back and she did just that by collecting a pair of fourth place finishes in the Slidesports prepared VW Golf. After qualifying in third, Doran spent the majority of the races battling with series veteran Barrie Culley, before finishing both races in fourth position.
After the team did a fantastic job to repair the car following the Rockingham weekend, Christie was able to take part in the Friday test session prior to the weekend. Speaking of the hard work the team put in leading up to the weekend, Christie commented “It was touch and go. The team did an amazing job to get the car in terrific shape in such a short space of time. Just about everything that could be broken was broken so they had a massive job and I am so grateful to them. They were confident it would be quick and they were right. I was a little tentative to start off with, but I built things up over the test day”. Doran knew the task at hand this weekend would be challenging with a strong six car entry list for Class B of the VAG Trophy, the largest and most competitive field in recent times. With just a 15 minute qualifying session after of her, Christie was aware that setting a number of consistent lap times would be the best plan to securing a strong starting position. Throughout the session, the Slidesports driver slowly improved and set the third fastest time in class, a solid start to the weekend with two races to come later in the day.
Starting from third on the grid, Christie was aiming for another fantastic start, but dropped behind Barrie Culley on the initial getaway. However, Doran fought back and passed her rival at the end of the opening lap as she attempted to chase down the lead group ahead. Christie was unable to get away from Culley with the pair enjoying a close battle, as the experienced driver found a way back through by the end of lap two. The next series of laps saw a fantastic battle between the two drivers with Doran and Culley finding out each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Despite Christie losing a little time on the penultimate lap, she was able to secure a fourth place finish in the opening race at Snetterton. Doran was full of confidence after the first race and spoke of her delight of being involved in such a close battle by saying “It was a brilliant race. There was never more than a couple of seconds between us. There was one move when I caught him just going on to the long Bentley straight and we were side by side all the way through the Nelson chicane and the Bombhole and we never touched at all.I was locking up the back wheels under braking so we made a few set-up changes for race two. I could feel my confidence getting better and my little Golf was just amazing.”
Lining up fourth in Class B following her result earlier in the day, Christie was aiming for the podium places after just missing out in the opening race. Doran made a strong start by moving into third position after the first lap, even picking off a couple of Class A cars in the process. Edging away from rival Culley behind, Christie drove her fastest lap of the race as she got into a rhythm midway through this final race of the weekend. Unfortunately, Doran couldn’t quite hold on to the final podium spot as Culley took over third on the final lap with Christie ending the weekend with a pair of fourth place finishes. Nonetheless, Doran was still upbeat following the race by stating “It was another good race but I was gutted not to get the podium place. That would have been a great reward for the team. However, there are positives. I got the crash out of my system, I proved there was no hangover from that and I was really pushing. I also got points on the board. Now we have a short break but we will back fighting at Brands Hatch.”
Christie is backed by Advance Construction Scotland, Complete Cleaning Scotland, Tunnock’s, Apex Tubulars, Macdonald Inchyra Hotel and Spa, The Sign Shop, Stove Doctor, The Scottish Sun and Draper Tools.
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