By Chris Roberts/Widerviewphoto.com
|Sharp on the Podium|
Camberley racer Tom Sharp went into the penultimate round determined to leave still in the lead of the championship, a position he has been in all season.
After the mixed weekend weather wise at Rockingham the Silverstone weekend was dry and mainly sunny, though fog did postpone the start to racing on Sunday.
The qualifying session on Saturday morning took place on a drying track with drivers on slicks, including Sharp, getting used to the conditions first. Towards the end of the session times started tumbling and it looked like the last driver to take the chequered flag would benefit with a quicker time. This proved to be the case as Sharp unfortunately took the flag first but then saw other drivers bump him down to an eventual grid position of 7th.
After qualifying Sharp said “To be perfectly honest I was quite worried after seeing that I had dropped from 3rd to 7thon the final lap but that was when the track was at its driest and I just wasn’t able to make the most of it. The only real positive was that my main championship rival only managed 6th”
The first of two races took place on Saturday afternoon in totally dry conditions and after a great start by Sharp he had made up 2 places and was on the tail of championship rival Ingram. Unfortunately Sharp tried all he could to get past down the long straights, in particular the Wellington Straight, but was unable to make an overlap stick, so he crossed the line in 5th place.
|Sharp in action at Silverstone|
The final race of the weekend took place on Sunday lunchtime in dry conditions and this time Sharp made up one place off the line and then with an audacious move into the complex overtook two cars to take him into 2nd place. He tried to close the gap to leader Breeze but had to settle for an excellent 2nd place at the flag
At the end of the weekend Sharp summed up “I knew that Carl (Breeze) would get the lead from where he was starting (on the grid for race 2) so I needed to finish behind him to hold onto the lead in the championship heading into the final round. I thought it would be a bit of a tall order but I managed a pair of decisive moves into Brooklands which left me second.”
“We’ve lead the championship all the way from the very first race of the season. Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit has always been my favourite track and hopefully it will be home to my first championship win, fingers crossed!”.
The final race weekend of the season takes place on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in Kent with races on October 20th& 21st.