Olli’s frustrating Silverstone weekend

Silverstone was the venue for the penultimate weekend of the Ginetta Junior Championship

Ginetta Junior Championship
September 19, 2016

The Silverstone National circuit is always a tough one to race at especially in the Ginetta Junior class. The long straights do help drivers tow each other around, however most corners present no huge braking points which can make it an easy track to defend at too.

Qualifying was always going to be important and to spice things up the drivers were presented with a greasy track on Saturday morning. It was an unexpected shower which most cars were not prepared for which made it extremely difficult and it only gave Olli one flying lap to go for it and he managed to qualify 12th.

Race one Olli took no time in moving himself in to the top ten but he was then spun around which dropped him to last place. Some distance behind the field it took Olli a while to catch the field back up, but once there he was able to move forward to 14th in the last four laps of the race.

Race two Olli found himself with similar problems, he had made another good start getting up to 10th place until we hit lap six. It was at this point that a collision in front of Olli, saw him having to take avoiding action and in the process, he dropped to 14th place. Olli should have moved forward whilst the incident happened and if he didn’t have to take avoiding action he would have been involved in a ten-car battle for the lead. However, he now had around four laps to try and recover and he was able to make up two positions to finish 12th.

Race three turned out to be a small disaster for Olli. It started with a bad start, but Olli fought hard on the opening lap to hold his 12th position. Olli then picked up some damage during someone else’s incident and that was followed by a long safety car period which left little time for Olli to make some real progress. Once the race resumed yet another crash at the end of the race ahead of Olli saw him a lose another position on the last lap which saw him finish 13th overall.

It was an eventful weekend for Olli to say the least! Lots of tripping over other drivers and being delayed by incidents he was not involved in. All of which saw him finish in positions that he didn’t deserve. But that’s racing and Olli still has Brands to finish the season on a high!

On the weekend Olli commented:

“We were really unlucky this weekend with getting caught up in other driver’s incidents. But these things happen and I was always expecting tough racing as approach the last round. I’ll be pushing hard at Brands Hatch at the end of the month and hopefully we have some more luck this time!”

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