Challenging Brands Hatch meeting for Christie Doran

Brands Hatch hosted the latest round of the VAG Trophy where Slidesports driver Christie Doran was in action. Following on from her first podium of the season on the Grand Prix layout two weeks out, Doran was hopeful of a successful meeting as the championship moved to the Indy layout. Despite missing out on the elusive podium, Christie rallied to a fourth-place result in race one, followed by a further top-5 finish in race two. Summing up her weekend, Christie said “Overall, we scored solid points and stayed third in the Class B championship but I wanted more. We have another race in two weeks. It has been a hectic schedule but we will be right in the fight at Thruxton”.

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Christie Doran competed in the most recent round of the VAG Trophy at Brands Hatch, collecting a best finish of fourth. Photo Credit – Lewis Houghton

Christie’s weekend began positively with a promising test session on Friday ahead of qualifying and two races to take place the following day. Unlike two weeks ago, dry conditions led to a comparably uneventful qualifying session where Doran was able to consistently improve her lap times and gain in confidence. The result of this was a time which put her fourth fastest on the Class B grid, a good place to make progress from on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. Nonetheless, Christie knew there was more room for improvement, commenting “We were at Brands just two weeks ago and my trip into the gravel at Paddock Hill was playing on my mind a little. That affected my qualifying so we had to settle for fourth in class”.

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Christie qualified fourth in class ahead of the opening race of the weekend. Photo Credit – Lewis Houghton

Lining up fourth on the grid, Christie made a good start and held her position on the opening lap, just on the tail of Barrie Culley. Doran’s challenge was soon halted by a safety car period on lap five after an incident between a number of Class A runners. When the racing resumed, Christie aimed to move forward and immediately set her fastest lap of the race as she hunted down a podium result. A series of fast lap times weren’t quite enough to seal a spot on the podium as Christie claimed back-to-back fourth place finishes.

Looking to end the meeting on a high, Christie made a great start in race two and was quickly into a podium position with the leaders in sight. However, Doran was forced to take evasive action after an incident ahead which dropped her down to fifth by the end of the first lap. Looking to make up for lost time, Christie began to close in on the driver ahead of her in the opening exchanges of the race, hopeful a safety car may work in her favour. As the race evolved, Christie encountered traffic which halted her progress forward and despite setting her best lap on the final lap of the race, Doran settled for fifth position in race two at Brands Hatch. Speaking of her added confidence in race two, Christie said “We spent the time between the races going through the video and breaking it all down then building it up again. It did the trick. I got a flying start and was up to third in class and right with the front two. My confidence was back but then there was contact up in front, a car spun and I had a choice – hit it or go in the gravel. That is just the way my luck has been going. It was damage limitation from there. It was a shame because the Deutsche Fest was a good meeting. The grid walk was really popular and the SlideSports Golf got so much attention. It was great to see so many kids and they loved the fact that we let them sit in the car and get their photos taken. It must have been popular because some of the team said I had a new band of supporters shouting me on by the start/finish line”.

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Race two came complete with a grid walk where Christie’s car received attention from the viewing spectators. Photo Credit – Lewis Houghton

Despite not achieving the results she was hoping for, Christie can still take positives from her second visit to Brands Hatch this season. Completing both races successfully ensured Doran gained maximum track time at a challenging circuit, while continuing to learn the dynamics of the car ahead of the remaining rounds of the season. The fifth round of the championship takes place at the high-speed Thruxton circuit, a new track for Christie to learn but one she is relishing following her success at Castle Combe in previous years. Taking an overview of the season so far, Doran comments “The season has not gone the way we planned but we will get through it and these experiences will make the good days even better. SlideSports are doing a great job with the car and boss Mark Jenkins has faith in what I am doing. The annoying thing is the pace is there, we just have not had the breaks”.

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Katie Milner’s Knockhill adventure

Katie Milner enjoyed a successful weekend competing at Knockhill in the penultimate round of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge where she secured a pair of top-10 finishes. Racing as part of the TOCA package for the second time this season, a bumper crowd was in attendance to watch the Team One Call driver as she was tested by a variety of conditions during the course of the weekend. After qualifying in 10th, Katie finished the opening race in sixth after some smart driving in a race which started dry and ended in wet conditions. More progress was made in race two as Milner finished in ninth, showing excellent pace in the closing stages as she battled hard with her rivals.

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Katie Milner enjoyed a successful weekend in mixed conditions at Knockhill. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

Katie arrived at Knockhill feeling positive ahead of the weekend with her experiences from the Junior Saloon Car Championship proving useful with many of the drivers having never previously raced at the Scottish circuit. Friday’s test sessions saw mixed conditions throughout the day with Milner gaining valuable track time while setting competitive lap times as the Team One Call driver placed inside the top-10 for both sessions. Qualifying also proved to be a wet session with some of the toughest conditions Katie had faced all year. Despite a couple of red flags during the session, Milner set a series of competitive lap times and qualified 10th, less than a second from pole position.

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Katie qualified inside the top-10 despite tricky conditions which make setup choices tough. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

The opening race of the weekend took place in dry conditions with Katie starting from the fifth row of the grid. Making a great start, Milner moved into ninth after the opening lap as the safety car was deployed for an incident just behind Katie. As the racing resumed, Milner closed in on Carlito Miracco and made the move for eighth position at the final hairpin on lap five. A good series of laps following the pass was rewarded on lap nine with Zapolski dropping down the order as heavy rain returned to Knockhill. This made conditions extremely tricky but Milner coped admirably and moved ahead of Ollie Wilkinson on lap 13 after applying the pressure on her fellow Ginetta rookie. As the rain continued to fall, Katie continued to drive smartly in order to consolidate her sixth position in the closing stages, a position which she held to the flag in order to collect valuable championship points.

Lining up in sixth position for race two courtesy of her race one result, Katie avoided any first corner incident and ended the opening lap in eighth position before an early safety car was once again deployed. Milner defended well from Max Bird at the restart, before the former Ginetta Junior rookie cup winner took the position at the end of lap six. An incident involving the race leaders, which led to a second safety car, greatly benefited Katie who was able to move inside the top-7 by the halfway stage. A recovering Lewis Brown was able to move pass Milner on the restart, with Carlito Miracco also finding a way through on lap 17 to demote Katie to eighth. Nonetheless, the Team One Call driver defended superb from Seb Perez before significantly picking up the pace to set her two best laps of the race in the closing stages, less than half a second away from the quickest lap of the race. This burst of speed allowed Katie to maintain her ninth position to the flag, ensuring a positive end to a solid weekend of racing at Knockhill.

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Katie continued to push the limits in race two on her way to setting her best lap of the weekend. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

Knockhill was arguably Katie’s most impressive meeting of the season as she showed excellent speed in a variety of conditions at a track which is unlike many others on the calendar. Her ability to come out on top of a number of close battles will give her good confidence going forward, with Milner’s driving in race one a particular highlight. For a rookie in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, Katie has progressed well during the year and made a smooth transition into rear-wheel drive circuit racing, coming close to her first podium result. Just one round remains in the season with Katie aiming high as the championship heads to Donington Park for the season finale, a circuit at which she has enjoyed success in the past.

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Sarah Moore shines in Mini Challenge at Brands Hatch

Sarah Moore made a sensational debut in the Mini Challenge JCW class at Brands Hatch this weekend. With only one test day under her belt on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, Sarah showed impressive pace throughout the weekend on the Grand Prix layout to collect two top-6 finishes in one of the most competitive single-make championships in the country. Arguably Sarah’s most remarkable performance came in qualifying where she set the fourth fastest time in wet conditions, her first ever experience of the Mini Challenge JCW in the wet. Sarah continued to battle hard throughout the races, narrowly missing out on a podium place in race one by finishing in fourth after a close battle with championship leader Brett Smith. Starting from reverse grid pole in race two, Moore held the lead early on but was shuffled back just outside the top-5 where she enjoyed a thrilling fight with Henry Neal.

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Sarah Moore made her debut in the Mini Challenge JCW Class at Brands Hatch. Photo Credit – Matt Acton

Coming into the weekend, Sarah had some experience of driving Brands Hatch in a Mini following her one-off outing in the Mini Challenge Cooper Pro class earlier in the season. Driving the race-spec JCW class car would be a totally new prospect however, with just one test day on the Indy circuit available before the weekend, in addition to day at Snetterton three weeks before the event to help familiarise herself with the car. Qualifying on Saturday was the first time Sarah got to drive the JCW car on the Grand Prix circuit, and to make the session even more challenging, the heavens opened leaving an extremely wet track for all the drivers. Moore was first out of the pits and was the guinea pig for all the other drivers, nonetheless, she did a great job to put in a series of competitive lap times. After a period of yellow flags, all drivers were faced with just one lap in order to set their best time with Sarah catching some traffic in the first part of the lap. Nonetheless, Moore set the fourth fastest time overall, including an overall best second sector, a truly remarkable performance on her first time driving the car on the Grand Prix layout.

Starting from the second row of the grid in race one, Sarah made a good start and was running just inside the top-5 as the red flag was brought out before one lap was completed. This meant a full re-grid which Moore took full advantage of by making an excellent start and moved past Brett Smith into the final podium place. Resisting the pressure from the championship leader, Sarah did a valiant job of defending from the Eurotech Racing driver for a couple of laps. By the end of the third lap, Smith had found a way through with a safety car deployed shortly after which sadly continued for the remainder of the race. Despite narrowly missing out on a podium position, Moore claimed a trophy for the highest rookie driver as she took the fight to series veterans, claiming the scalp of former champion Charlie Butler-Henderson in race one.

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Sarah claimed a trophy for her performance in race one, finishing as the highest rookie driver in fourth position. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

Finishing in fourth proved to be a blessing in disguise with Sarah being drawn onto reverse grid pole, an incredible opportunity in her first ever Mini Challenge JCW weekend. Moore made her best start to date and had almost a three car length lead entering Paddock Hill bend. Despite being shuffled back over the next few laps, Sarah did well to hold herself inside the top-5 until a hard-charging Luke Caudle was able to take the position. Moore was then under-attack from Henry Neal who twice made the move into Paddock Hill, before Sarah regained the position up the inside at Druids. Once Neal was able to complete the move, Sarah fought back magnificently to regain sixth spot and slowly pull away in the closing stages to complete a fantastic weekend in the Mini Challenge with her best lap in race two just one tenth away from the best.

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Sarah enjoyed a thrilling battle with Henry Neal in race two, coming out on top to claim sixth position. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

Throughout the course of the season, Sarah has proven her versatility by racing with success in a variety of series, ranging from Mighty Mini’s to the LMP3 Cup. The former Ginetta Junior champion showcased all of her abilities, especially in race two where she got the better of Henry Neal after an intense battle where the position changed multiple times. Sarah is assessing her options for next season which could see her make a return to Le Mans prototype competition, or possibly compete for the Mini Challenge JCW championship where she would be sure to enter the season as a title favourite.

Sarah would like to thank her family and girlfriend Carla for their continued support and she hopes to be back on track soon.

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Action-packed Brands Hatch return for Christie Doran

Christie Doran enjoyed an eventful meeting in the VAG Trophy at Brands Hatch in which she collected her first podium finish of the season. Changeable conditions throughout the day made setup choices extremely tough, but the Slidesports team worked hard to ensure Doran had a competitive car in which to mount her Class B challenge. After qualifying in third, Christie was able to hold that position in a first race which saw no full lap of green flag racing due to multiple safety car deployments. Race two proved to be much smoother with Doran enjoying a close battle with Barrie Culley before finishing in fourth, just missing out on a double podium result. Speaking of her weekend at Brands Hatch, Christie commented “It was great being back in the car after such a long break, but I felt there was something holding me back. Slidesports had done a great job with the car but we struggled to find the sweet spot until the final session of testing. At the end of the day, most of the corners are about how brave you are and I needed an extra shot of adrenalin”.

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Christie Doran took her first podium finish of the season in the VAG Trophy at Brands Hatch. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

Following a lengthy summer break, Christie was confident ahead of the weekend at Brands Hatch, a track which she has shown good speed at in the past. Although Friday testing just took place on the Indy layout, Doran was pleased with her day’s work ahead of the main event on Saturday which would take place on the Grand Prix circuit. Commenting on her preparations for the weekend, Doran was pleased, saying “We were testing on the Indy circuit and the lap times were on the money so we are good for the VAG Trophy in a couple of weeks. We had also had a session at Darren Turner’s Base Performance in Banbury. That was a brilliant way to learn the GP lines and build confidence. I was doing great lap times and I was confident I could translate the sim to the real track”.

Qualifying proved to be a tough session with yellow flags preventing any quick laps during the opening half of the 15-minute period. Despite a small incident at Paddock Hill towards the end of the session, Christie was pleased with her times commenting “We had a decent qualification. I was building the times but then I had a big moment on Paddock Hill. I locked up the fronts but floored the throttle and thought I had saved it, but the car cut back and I ended up in the gravel. That shook my confidence because I thought I had done everything right. It was just my luck this season that we did a lot of damage but Slidesports did an amazing job to fix the car and get me out”. Nonetheless, strong speed at the start of the session saw Doran able to record the third fastest time in Class B which would set her up nicely for the races.

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Christie qualified in third position ahead of the two races on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

Christie’s eventful weekend continued into the first race which was held in the wet after a brief downpour meant tricky conditions for all the drivers. Staying out of trouble early on, Doran completed the opening lap in fourth as the safety car was brought out. Completing less than a lap following the restart, a second safety car came out for Tim Docker, before a third on lap four which benefited Christie as the Class B leader retired after a trip through the gravel. Unfortunately, the time taken to retrieve the car meant that no full green flag laps were completed during the race with Christie taking a spot on the podium in third position. Although the conditions didn’t lead to great racing, Doran was delighted with her first podium of the season and said, “The race was constantly interrupted by safety cars and I was a bit tentative but I was delighted to get third place in class. You don’t want it under a safety car but I was so glad to give the team something back”.

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Christie claimed a well-earned podium finish in tricky conditions in the first race of the weekend. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

Just like in race one, a short downpour before the second VAG Trophy race left the track damp, but not quite as wet as earlier in the day. Christie made another good start and smartly held her position while a number of faster Class A cars charged through the order. The early stages of the race saw Doran holding the final podium place, while rival Barrie Culley mounted an attack in his Seat Leon behind. On lap five, Culley was able to find a way past but Christie settled in behind and was ready to pounce if her rival made a mistake. Doran showed good pace in the closing stages but was unable to pass Culley, ending the second and final race of the weekend in fourth. Christie remained upbeat despite just missing out on the podium and credited the hard work put in by the Slidesports team, commenting “The team just had time to change things for race two and I felt more comfortable but it was still tough so I had to be happy with fourth place in class. I had to dig deep this weekend and I am proud of the results but I must have run over a black cat or something – I just need my luck to change.

Brands Hatch proved to be a weekend of confidence building for Christie who will be encouraged by her pace in all conditions, which led to her first podium of the year. Doran’s pace on the Grand Prix loop in particular was extremely encouraging which will give cause for optimism with a number of high-speed circuits still to come in this year’s VAG Trophy. It is a quick turnaround for all the drivers with the next round of the championship also taking place at Brands Hatch, this time on the Indy layout, in two weeks’ time where Christie will be targeting further podium finishes.

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Positive British F4 return for Alexandra Mohnhaupt

Alexandra Mohnhaupt has made a successful return to the British F4 championship with a strong weekend at Snetterton. Driving for Fortec Motorsport, Mohnhaupt made good progress throughout the weekend, setting her best race lap on the final lap of the meeting as she collected three top-15 finishes. Jumping into a competitive series midway through the season is never easy, however Alexandra drove smartly and improve her speed while enjoying a number of close battles.

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Alexandra Mohnhaupt returned to British F4 at Snetterton with Fortec Motorsport. Photo Credit – Mark Haggan

After testing a British F3 car for Fortec, Mohnhaupt was looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the British F4 machine ahead of her return to the series at Snetterton. Her strong performances in the F4 NACAM Championship meant she was full of confidence in preparation for testing on Friday where she would find out how she compared to her rivals. Mohnhaupt showed impressive speed from the outset, eclipsing her best lap of the 2016 weekend in the first session as she set the 14th fastest time. Further improvements came in the second session of the day where Alexandra was able to gain an extra half a second from the morning which put her in contention with Jamie Sharp and debutant Lucca Allen.

Qualifying on Saturday morning would give Mohnhaupt another opportunity to improve her lap times while assessing her competitiveness against a field of drivers all on new tyres. Running competitive laps from the start until the finish of the session, Alexandra once again set her best lap at Snetterton, almost gaining two seconds on her best from last year in the limited running she has had. This lap time was good enough for 17th on the grid with Mohnhaupt alert to the fact there would be good overtaking opportunities during all three races.

With three races over the course of the weekend it was crucial that Alexandra kept it clean and worked with her team on improving her times. It was a good start for Mohnhaupt who moved into 16th on the opening lap, before gaining a further position on lap two. Finding her rhythm in early stages, Alexandra improved her times but was passed by a recovering Jamie Sharp on lap four. Following her rival, Mohnhaupt was able to gain significant time and hang onto the tail of the Sharp Motorsport driver for a couple of laps. Moving back into the top-15 shortly after following a spin for Lucas Roy, Alexandra didn’t look back and withstood late pressure from Roy to finish her first British F4 race of 2017 in 15th.

Race two began with Mohnhaupt starting from 15th courtesy of her finish in the opening race. Once again, Alexandra drove a smart opening lap, gaining two positions on the first lap and showing much better pace than earlier in the day. Despite losing out to some faster drivers shortly after, the safety car was brought out on lap five with Mohnhaupt shown in the 16th position. It was a good restart as Alexandra successfully held off Lucca Allen while setting her best race laps at Snetterton, easily staying with the group of drivers ahead. A tight finish saw Mohnhaupt hold onto 16th in her second race for Fortec Motorsport, before being promoted into the top-15 following a post-race exclusion.

Starting from 17th in race three, Alexandra continued her excellent starting record by staying out of trouble and moving up to 13th after the opening lap. Holding onto 14th during the first half of the race, Mohnhaupt was once again showing improve pace as tried to resist the challenge of Jamie Sharp. Although her rival found a way through on lap six, Alexandra continued to set personal best laps in the closing stages to end the weekend with a third straight top-15 finish. This was a great end to the weekend for Mohnhaupt who proved she has the pace to compete with established runners on her one-off appearance in the championship.

Alexandra should be extremely proud of her weekend at Snetterton and has thoroughly enjoyed her time back in the UK. Both testing the British F3 car and racing in British F4 have given her valuable experience which she will hope will help her in the future. There is no doubt that Mohnhaupt has the talent to succeed and she will be aiming to work her way up the motorsport ladder in the coming years.

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Shanel Drewe Wins Donington

The expert guidance of Jade Developments this season for Shanel Drewe has finally been rewarded with her first pole position and race 1 win this weekend at Donington Circuit, followed by a second place finish in race two.

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Shanel Drewe took her first victory in the Clio Cup Series in tricky conditions at Donington. Photo Credit – Phil Laughton Photography

Racing in the Michelin Clio Championship Road class, this weekend they supported the British Truck Racing Championship and it was the weekend where Shanel has firmly established herself as a genuine front runner.

With a tally of 4 second places and two third places before this weekend, and race leading performances, it is easy to forget this is only Shanel’s ninth ever race weekend, and that she has no previous karting or motor racing experience.

On Saturday, in a very competitive qualification session, Shanel only missed out taking pole position in both races by 0.1seconds, but took pole position for race 2 with a very convincing and consistent set of qualification laps.
A delay to the start of race 1 presented a typical British summer time opportunity for the weather to take a turn, and the dry sunny conditions quickly made way for torrential rain and poor visibility.

This was a big test for Drewe as she has never tested, let alone raced in the wet before. At the start, Drewe lost second to Thomas and entered turn one in third place but was purposely testing the grip and response levels all the time. Then, in a fantastic and brave move; Drewe overtook both second place Thomas and first place team mate Harrison by driving round the outside of the them through the difficult and downhill Craner Curves, and by the time Drewe crossed the start/finish line at the end of lap one, she was 2 seconds clear of the chasing pack.

In a master class of car control, Drewe continued to find pace and grip where the others couldn’t and eventually finished an incredible 17 seconds ahead of second place team mate Harrison.

Such was Drewes pace, all of her top five laps were faster than the second place drivers best lap time, and her average speed over the entire race distance was less than 2mph difference to the faster Race Class running on full race wets, and was as close as 0.7 secs a lap to them.

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Shanel’s first victory was well deserved after continued hard work from Drewe and Jade Developments. Photo Credit – Phil Laughton Photography

In the second race a possible minor slipping clutch slip meant Drewe could not convert her pole into a race lead, but again a very strong drive kept the first place team Mate Harrison in check who could not afford to let up for a moment, and Drewe secured a strong second place finish as the two Jade Development cars charged off in a race of their own.

Shanel’s summary at the mid-point of the season is that “I am keeping my feet firmly on the ground. My only target this year has been to consolidate and develop my race craft and pace. Despite my success so far, I know I have so much more yet to learn and develop so I will continue on my plan, but being in contention of the championship and receiving increased support from my main Partner Dansoft Aviation Services is an exciting prospect”.

With three race meetings left, the clear favourites for the Championship are either of the Jade development team drivers of both Drewe and Harrison, and we look set for an exciting lead-in to the conclusion of the season.

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Lydia Walmsley on track at Pembrey

Lydia Walmsley has continued her progress in the Junior Saloon Car Championship with a positive weekend at Pembrey. Changeable conditions made the weekend extremely treacherous for all the drivers, with very limited dry weather running at the Welsh circuit. Despite this, Walmsley was able to secure two top-10 finishes after a pair of action-packed races in which her attacking and defensive abilities were tested. Lydia should gain good confidence from the weekend as she proved she was able to compete with a good selection of drivers at a challenging circuit which she’d never visited before.

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Lydia Walmsley competed in the latest round of the Junior Saloon Car Championship at Pembrey. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

Lydia’s meeting began on Friday with the drivers given a number of test session to learn the unique Pembrey circuit. Conditions were mainly wet but this gave drivers an opportunity to slowly build themselves up in what was set to be a changeable weekend in terms of weather conditions. Saturday morning practice took place with damp conditions as Lydia improved her lap times throughout the 20-minute session. Working her way inside the top-10 halfway into practice, Walmsley was gaining a good feel for the track as conditions improved slightly. Towards the end of the session, Lydia once again improved and ended practice in an encouraging 7th position ahead of qualifying.

Qualifying took place shortly after with dry conditions meaning lap times were set to be faster than in morning practice. It didn’t take Lydia long to set her best lap of the weekend as times were being exchanged quickly just inside the top-10. Walmsley’s consistency was particularly impressive as she continued to set times within just a couple tenths of her overall best, an encouraging sign for the races ahead. At the end of the session, Lydia set the 10th fastest time, however being less than a second away from the top-5 would give her extra cause for optimism with two races to come the following day.

Race one began on Sunday morning with a damp, but drying track making setup decisions difficult ahead of what was to be a 12-lap race. Starting from ninth courtesy of a grid penalty for a driver ahead, Lydia made a good start and moved into eighth at the end of an action-packed first lap. Making a move on a fast-starting Alicia Goundry for seventh on lap two, Walmsley was hoping to make further progress in the coming laps. Unfortunately, she slipped back to 10th by lap four as the drivers around her were showing good pace in the tough conditions. Learning with every lap, Lydia continued to improve her lap times and after some good defensive driving, she was able to capitalise on an incident ahead which promoted her to eighth. Walmsley held this position in the closing stages to collect valuable points and maximise the performance she had with a patient drive which was rewarded with a positive result.

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Despite the tough conditions in race one, Lydia was able to battle through to an 8th place finish. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

Lydia started in ninth place for the second race of the weekend due to her second-best time set in qualifying. Making her best start of the weekend, Walmsley moved into sixth position at the end of the first lap with some smart driving. Heading into turn one on the second lap, Lydia was hit hard from behind by a fellow driver who had misjudged his braking point, leading to significant damage with the safety car being brought out for a stranded car. Lydia made it back to the pits and was able to re-join despite falling to the back of the field, however she remained on the lead lap and was able to restart with the main pack of drivers. It was a good restart for Lydia who was showing some of her best speed of the weekend in spite of the damage as she passed Charlotte Birch and George Smith on the first lap of green flag racing. Running close to her qualifying pace, Walmsley applied the pressure but was unable to gain any further positions, ending the race in 10th. Despite the unscheduled pit stop, it was still a positive result for Lydia who made good improvements from the first race of the weekend in terms of her pace.

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The damage sustained in race two did not prevent Lydia from moving up the order as she set some of her best times of the weekend. Photo Credit – Marc Waller

Lydia coped admirably with the tough conditions coming off the back of a challenging summer in the Junior Saloon Car Championship. Always in the thick of the action, Walmsley has developed her racecraft and learnt valuable information regarding car setup which will come in useful throughout her racing career. Just two rounds remain in this season’s Junior Saloon Car Championship with Donington Park next up on the first weekend in September, before a trip to Brands Hatch for the finale where the nine round season will conclude.

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