By Chris Roberts/WiderViewPhoto.com
|Josh with one of his trophies|
19 year old Colchester racer Josh Wakefield arrived at Thruxton last weekend determined to have a better weekend and came away with a 2nd & 3rd place in the Ginetta GT Supercup championship, which supports the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
After the recent “hosepipe ban” was enforced as we are in a drought predictably the heavens opened and the Thruxton circuit in Hampshire was a very wet and windy place at the weekend. The single qualifying session of the weekend took place on Saturday morning in heavy rain and was for most drivers the first serious session in wet conditions using the wet weather tyres.
Wakefield dialed himself into the tricky fast circuit and managed to qualify in 4th place for the first race on Saturday afternoon. The race later that Saturday took place in drier conditions and on slick tyres and after a sluggish start battled back to finish in 7th place.
The final two races took place on Sunday with Race 1 taking place mid morning in atrocious conditions with both rain and high winds. From the start Wakefield was in a ball of spray and had to use elements at the side of the track to guide him around the circuit. As the race progressed Wakefield picked up the pace and places and with a few laps left caught the back of the 3rd place driver Richardson and after a couple of challenges managed to slip back at the Complex and held on to the checkered flag.
|Wakefield battling in the rain|
Afterwards Wakefield commented “After a couple of slow getaways from the grid I was determined to get back on the podium, and after I had got the pace managed to catch and pass Richardson and hold on for my second podium”
For the final race of the day the weather had left a dry window so the last race was in dryish conditions with slick tyres for the drivers. Wakefield made a much better start and closely followed Ingram and tried at the end of the lap to overtake around the outside at the final chicane, but couldn’t quite make it. Although championship leader Sharp got past, with Ingram dropping out Wakefield finished in the season best of 2ndplace.
As a final warp-up Wakefield said “I am really appreciative of all the help and support from my Century Motorsport team, sponsors and in particular The Player and my family. I finally feel that I have come away with the type of results I was expecting and am looking forward to the next races at Oulton Park in June”
After a 6 week break the Ginetta GT Supercup championship re-commences at the Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire on 9th& 10th June.