May 8, 2013 in News
Last weekend saw the team travel the 250 plus miles up to Rowrah Circuit in Cumbria for the second round of the Super One British Championships.
Rowrah is a very technical circuit and Luke Whitehead had been there once before, in April and had about 48 minutes track time….not ideal.
Luke showed great pace in Fridays practice and we were looking forward to the heats come Saturday. Qualifying on Saturday morning saw Luke in 9th place, we were hoping for better, but still top ten.
A small issue in the first heat saw Luke drop back to 10th place, he could not get any heat in his tyres and it showed dramatically in his lap times, being over half a second off the pace. Heat two and with the issue resolved, Luke seemed to get his pace back, setting one of the fastest lap times and finishing 8th. This would give him a 13th place start for the first final on the Sunday.
The weather had changed overnight and we were met with a very wet circuit for final 1. Luke had a great start and even though he had never driven there in the wet, pushed forward, battling his way up to 7th at one point, but finishing 9th for the flag, this would be his starting position for the final 2.
By the time the second final came the track was starting to dry, set up and tyre pressures were critical and we adjusted the set up and tyres at least 3 times in the 20minute time slot in parc ferme.
We were somewhere near, as Luke showed great pace from the start, moving forward and picking drivers off one by one. He managed to get as far as 5th place on the last lap but had to settle for 7th at the flag. This was a very hard weekend for Luke, with some hard overtaking and defense work from the seeded older drivers, but again he didn’t back down and came away, yet again with more experience.
Luke gained reasonable points this weekend and he moves up to 12th place in the championship, only a handful of points seperate him from a top 10 place at this early stage.
There are two rounds in June, Glan Y Gors in North Wales and PFI in Lincolnshire, we hope to reap some rewards from these fast circuits…..