By Chris Roberts/Widerviewphoto.com
Colchester’s young racer Josh Wakefield was raring to get back into the action in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup championship at the undulating parkland circuit of Oulton Park in Cheshire. He was racing for Century Motorsport/The Player.co.uk .
The Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup championship supports the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship with its large crowds and lives TV coverage on ITV4.
After the changeable weather of the last few months the Friday test day was wet to varied amounts but Wakefield was buoyed by his practice time pace. As he commented before qualifying “I had an amazing practice session in torrential rain on Friday running 2nd for most of it and was feeling positive going into qualifying.”
Before qualifying on Saturday morning the team made some setup changes to Wakefield’s Ginetta G55 car to try and improve the drivability and pace, but it didn’t quite work with Wakefield posting the 5th quickest time and line up on the 3rd row of the grid. The session was difficult for all the drivers with the wet and greasy surface.
The first race of the weekend took place on Saturday afternoon with the track almost dry after the rain passed.
When the lights went out the leading group battled into the first corner at Old Hall with Wakefield trying to make up for his start. Then at the Knickerbrook chicane another competitor tried an over ambitious overtake which damaged the front bumper of Wakefield’s car and pushing him back to 7thplace. After the race the team found out that the car had a dragging clutch, which explained the tardy start when the light went out.
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After the race the clutch system was bled ready for the 2ndrace and improved performance, but it was all too late for the 1strace.
After the rain of the preceding few days it was a pleasure to see brighter, sunny and dry conditions for the Sunday race, and with the clutch fixed Wakefield made a much better start and was closer to the leading group. “Unfortunately a car ahead of me decided to delay its drive through penalty, which held me up for 4 laps. Finally I managed to overtake him going into the Knickerbrook chicane, after which the car pitted, but I was too far behind to catch the front runners despite lapping at a quicker pace than the front runners”.
As Wakefield commented at the end of the weekend “To take a positive away from this weekend we had the pace to finish on the podium. With the next race weekend only two weeks away I plan to translate this pace into some better results when we get to the Croft circuit.”
The next 3 races of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup will take place on the North Yorkshire circuit of Croft with races on 23rd and 24thJune.