Zandvoort 8/9th June 2013

Craig was action at Zandvoort recently, racing his Lola T88/99 at the BRSCC Caterham Eurofest weekend in the Big Profile Sports 2000 Endurance series. The race was a one-off European round, run in a similar format to the UK championship event with half an hour qualifying followed by half hour races, rather than the usual one hour endure used in the UK. 

After a reasonably trouble free Friday test where only noise issues seemed to disturb most Sports 2000 cars on the day, Craig entered qualifying on the Saturday morning, setting the second fastest time behind the top MCR factory car of Patrick Sherrington who was on pole.

In race one, after a good start, it got increasingly difficult for Craig as Tom Stoten closed in and piled on the pressure just as Craig’s Lola lost its edge!  Despite this he held on to take second just over three seconds off the winning car from MCR.

Saturday evening saw the team checking out the car and after much discussion make a few small changes in an effort to have a better race car for Sunday morning’s race.

Craig again made a great start and immediately set about the leading car from MCR going into the first right hander. By lap three it was obvious that the Lola was performing well and that the changes had made a difference and it wasn’t long before he made his first attempt to take the lead. After a decent attempt at the end of the long straight had been backed out, a good exit from the last corner on the very next lap saw the MCR pushed down into second.

The race remained exciting all of the way to the end as Craig gratefully accepted the chequered flag to take the win with the MCR tucked in just behind him. There was further joy for Craig when he learned he had also set a new lap record.