Anyone who is a fan of high octane motorsport wouldn’t have wanted to miss the weekends BTCC action at Donnington Park, with thrills and spills for many of the field this seasons BTCC is shaping up to be one hell of a series.It was truly a weekend of ups and downs for many teams, with crashes and engine troubles plaguing most teams. Amongst all this carnage though the Pipercross sponsored cars still came through with the results.
After promising starts in the first 2 races Matt Jackson in the Airwaves Ford Focus managed a 6th and 10th but this wasn’t to deter him. In race 3 Jackson got a good start off the line and avoided the tangle up moving into 2nd place, he then set his sights on the Pipercross powered Chevrolet of MacDowall and after the restart made his move into 1st place where he would stay. I brilliant end to the day for the team with a valuable points score to boot.
It wasn’t only Jackson who was celebrating in the Airwaves garages though, after again having troubled times in the races 1 and 2 Liam Griffin showed why he had made the step up to BTCC plowinghis way through the field the BTCC rookie finished 10th only to be promoted to 9th later on, his best result so far in the BTCC, well done Liam.
The AmD Milltek golf certainly had a good weekend despite damage issues incurred. The first race saw Tom take the flag in a respectable 12th place but Tom knew the punchy Golf had more to offer and in race 2 showed what he can the car can do. Sitting in 6th place for the majority of the race Tom was unlucky to be taken by Shedden near the end in doing so securing a 7th place finish and the first points for the team this season. After speaking with the team yesterday the car is pretty much where they want it and I can see it being a regular top 10 finisher this season.
Tom Boardman in the Special Tuning Racing Seat started the first of the days 3 races well securing 8th position and 3 points for him and the team after a closely fought battle between him and Rob Collard. Race 2 though didn’t quite go to plan after returning to the pits on the warm up lap with an engine misfire Tom would have to start at the back of the pack. After a good start though it wasn’t to last and Tom once again returned to the pits for more work returning to the field 2 laps down, however on his return he put in the fastest lap of the race but that was all he could manage and was forced to retire to rectify the engine issue. Race 3 and Tom was starting in 18th place, quickly off the line and Tom had his eyes set on another top ten finish. He stormed pass the field and by lap 12 passed the the Pirtek vectra and Honda of Matt Neal putting him in 5th position, with 2 laps remaining though the engine gremlins reared they’re ugly head again and an absolutely gutted Tom was forced to return to the pits for the remainder of the race. With Tom and and his Seat working in harmony though the Special Tuning Racing team have their sights set on podium finishes and if Tom continues to put in performance like this weekend that’s an achievable goal.
With Pipercross featuring on all the Chevrolets in the series as well there were plenty more top 10 finishes for Pipercross, not to mention the most dramatic crash in BTCC for a while with Plato rolling the RML Chevrolet Cruze in Race 2. One things for sure though if I ever crash my car and I need it back in a hurry I’ll be straight down to the guys at RML, by far one of the biggest testaments of the day was how quickly they managed to rebuild Plato’s car and get him out for race 3, true team work at its best.
Well thats the second round out of the way, next up is Thruxton on the May 1st. So to catch more of the UK’s no.1 motorsport get your-self down there its sure to be an exciting day.
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