By Chris Roberts/WiderViewPhoto.com
Colchester’s Josh Wakefield came to Donington Park hoping to improve on the Brands Hatch results, and whilst he finished in the points in two races it wasn’t the step ahead he wanted.
After the Thursday test day in mixed conditions Wakefield was looking to get a strong qualifying position on a very cold and windy Saturday morning. With the newer Michelin tyres not degrading as much as previously, and with the cold temperatures, it took several laps to get a good lap speed. After being down the order early on Wakefield managed to get a good lap time to put him on 4th place on the grid for Race 1.
The first race of the weekend took place on Saturday afternoon and after a good initial first lap dropped back behind the first three drivers, and although his pace in the later stages was slightly quicker that the leader he wasn’t able to close in enough to challenge for a podium position finishing in 4th place.
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After the race Wakefield commented “I struggled to get enough temperature in the rear tyres early enough and once I did I was right up to front running pace.”
The other two races took place on a sunny, but cold again, Sunday in front of a good crowd, but Race 2 was a disaster as a CV joint broke on his drivetrain half way around the green flag lap, which was an instant retirement.
This meant for the final race of the weekend he started right at the back but was determined to put on a good show for his fans, and after close battling throughout managed to salvage a 6thplace finish at the flag.
As Wakefield commented afterwards “I would like to say a big thanks to everyone who supported me this weekend! Driveshaft failure in the first race today (Sunday) put me last for the next race. I Suppose I should be happy with 6th from the back despite taken a couple of trips in the gravel, just shows the pace is there but no luck”
The championship now moves onto the high speed circuit of Thruxton in Hampshire with the races on 28th & 29th April.