Donington Park 14th July 2013

Weekend Brake Spoils Donington

The fourth round of the Big Profile Sports 2000 Championship took place on Sunday 14th July at a very warm and sunny Donington Park in Derbyshire.

Craig qualified his Lola T88/90 race car in second place on the grid and happily in front of the Robert Oldershaw car which was the focus of the weekend, being the championship leader with just two points ahead of Craig, going into this event.

A few changes to the car following a very successful weekend at Zandvoort in Holland had proved worthwhile as the pace of the top three runners was tight, to say the least, and this was the case all the way through both the morning qualifying session and the late afternoon race.

Craig’s 25 year old Lola did not make the best start but did hold second place into Redgate, shortly after which the right hand mirror came loose affecting his ability to have a clear view of Oldershaw, who was coming from third place on the grid. Certainly Craig knew that Robert would be there or thereabouts and at the top of the hill he was forced to leave space as he just couldn’t turn in without a clear picture of where the aforementioned 51 car was…

Unfortunately for Craig, having handed Oldershaw the opportunity, he was through into second at Coppice.

Robert followed this pass by taking the lead from Patrick Sherrington with a late lunge again up at the top of the hill  but this did give Craig a great chance down the straight as Patrick struggled to hold off the Lola after being compromised by the earlier pass. That move for second took place on the following lap when the MCR of Sherrington ran wide onto the kerbs coming onto the back straight where the Lola was very strong.

Craig then started to settle into a number of quick laps and felt he was catching the lead car whilst comfortable that he had enough strong areas around the circuit to keep in front of the hard pressing MCR, but with 10 minutes of the race remaining the brake pedal began to get really soft due to a bias fault. This especially affecting the normal approach to the chicane and effectively turned Craig’s race into a battle to retain second place.

The chequered flag could not come fast enough as the Lola crossed the line for a class win but more importantly holding the second slot some three seconds off the leader and only just ahead of the MCR.

A fairly good result given the circumstances but disappointing that the opportunity to get the win had slipped away.

So,its another point dropped to the championship leader with two events left. The results show Craig having four class wins out of four races, one third place and three seconds in the overall championship, with two class wins, a win and second place in the European non championship event….Its not at all bad for a youngster in an old race car!!!!