Emily Glanvill has successfully made her debut in the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup at Knockhill. The former Junior Saloon Car Championship Scholar enjoyed a number of close battles across the weekend where she secured a best finish of 20th. Glanvill improved her pace during the meeting, especially in the final race of the weekend where she was able to set extremely competitive lap times. Emily also completed multiple overtakes in what was a typically action-filled meeting of the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup.
Emily’s weekend began with two test sessions on Saturday prior to the busy race meeting on Sunday. A mixture of dry and damp running gave Glanvill the best preparations ahead of her debut with conditions for the following day forecasted to be changeable. Aiming to continue her positive running into qualifying, Emily took to the track along with 23 fellow competitors in a bumper-grid for the July SMRC meeting. After a couple of warm-up laps, the drivers were forced to slow down while a car was recovered from the circuit. This meant that just over three minutes of the ten-minute session remained giving drivers little time for improvement. Nevertheless, Emily was able to set a competitive time good enough for 18th on the grid, a positive start to her first ever Scottish Mini Cooper Cup meeting.
Lining up on the eighth row of the grid, Emily knew the start was going to be challenging after being away from competitive racing for almost a year. Keeping the car clean, Glanvill dropped to 22nd after the opening lap before gaining back one position by the end of lap two as the safety car was brought out. When the racing resumed, Emily continued to make up for lost time as she broke into the top-20 as the field was neutralised once more. Getting into her rhythm after the second safety car period, Emily ran her best lap of the race in pursuit of 19th place, a position she gained on lap ten. Despite losing out one place on the final lap, Glanvill completed her opening race without issue, showing speed that would move her up the field as the day progressed.
Emily started race two from 18th on the grid, eager to move forward after her experiences in race one. It was a challenging start for Glanvill who dropped to 21st after the opening lap, before slipping a further position on lap two. The middle portion of the race saw Emily enjoy a close battle with Jonny Dreelan as she contended for places on the fringe of the top-20. A late-race charge saw Glanvill set her best lap of the race as she moved into 20th, just to be pipped on the final lap to that position, ending race two in 21st place.
Starting from the 11th row of the grid for the final race of the weekend, Emily kept it clean on the opening lap and dropped to 23rd. Nevertheless, she had proven her overtaking capabilities in the earlier races and once again pulled off a superb move to pass Craig Blake on lap four. Aiming to bridge the gap to her rivals, Emily reeled off a series of consistent lap times, on average just over half a second away from the lead group. Despite these quick lap times, Glanvill just ran out of time to make up any further ground, ending the race in 22nd. This results didn’t reflect Emily’s pace which was particularly impressive on just her first ever weekend in the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup.
Emily should be encouraged by the progress made on her debut weekend, with the results not reflecting the overall performance of the talented young driver on her first senior car racing weekend. Glanvill’s race pace was particularly impressive, lapping within around half a second of the lead group in the final race, despite being out of competitive action for 9 months. Finding a little extra single lap pace will be crucial to Emily making the next step forward, with track position proving vital in the short sprint races in the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup. Nonetheless, Emily secured three solid race finishes and completed every lap which will her the best possible preparation heading into the remaining rounds of the championship.
Emily would like to thank Walero, Rentec Autocare, Super 23, Ian J Brown and Company, BlackBox, 1st Glass and Harper Performance for their continued support.
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