Double Podium at Croft!

Sarah achieved a double podium at Croft despite a disastrous qualifying.

14/07/2015


This was the first time Sarah had been to Croft for about 8 years, having missed the Clio weekend last year.  With just 4 half hour sessions to get onto the pace, the challenge was set!

 

Those four half hours were rapidly reduced to much less after several red flags during the session but Sarah was happy with her progress and ready for qualifying after spending some time with her driver coach, Ed Pead and going through the data with him.

Saturday morning was beautifully sunny and warm.  Qualifying was in the afternoon as both the Road and Race series cars went out on track.  Disaster, however, struck on lap 2 when Sarah went to pass a slower Race car being driven by Andy Jordan who was still trying to warm up his slick tyres.  She waited until there was a straight and, as he move all the way over to the left side of the track, she went to pass him on the right.  He, however, then weaved all the way across the track and right into the side of Sarah's car!  The impact was with such force that the front upright broke in half and the rear beam bent!  Needless to say, Sarah was not happy and immediately went to speak to the Clerk of the Course.  Jordan was given two penalty points on his race licence for causing the incident and confirmed that Sarah would be able to race on Sunday, albeit from the back of the grid - and if her car could be fixed in time!

Westbourne Motorsport worked their miracles and managed to fix Sarah's car (including a 160 mile round trip to get parts!) and, with everything to do and having no idea how the car would handle, Sarah lined up at the start of Race 1 on Sunday - which was, again, sunny and very hot!  Sarah got a fabulous start (as usual).  The whole field was pretty much nose to tail when Honour and Pinder had a coming together at Sunny In.  On lap 2, Sarah was pursuing Creasey for 3rd place when he hit the tyre wall at the chicane.  Sarah took her chance whilst he was still assessing whether he'd damaged his car and threw it up the inside into Barcroft and got the place which is where she finished.

 

"It was great to be able to reward the team with a podium after they worked so hard to get the car back together after yesterdays qualifying incident!" Sarah commented.

Sarah then went off to do some commentary for Downforce Radio on the Junior Saloon Car Championship where her Westbourne teammate, Ben Colbourne took a flawless victory!

Then on to Race 2.  Sarah again lined up at the back of the grid, having posted no time in qualifying.  A great start once more saw her get ahead of Lidsey into Clervaux.  Sarah then had to defend as Lidsey tried to get past.

 

Unfortunately, Sarah made a mistake and went wide after Sunny In, giving Lidsey the opportunity to get by her and reclaim 2nd place, leaving Sarah to settle for another 3rd.

"All-in-all, we're really happy with the progress this weekend.  Despite a nightmare in qualifying, the team did a sterling job in getting the car ready for me to race.  I was a little off the pace because of the lack of track time but, taking all of that into consideration, I'm happy.  The two podiums was just the icing on the cake!"

Sarah leaves Croft in 4th place in the Championship. 

Next stop : Brands Hatch on the 25th & 26th July! 

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  • March 30/31: Silverstone / Clio Cup / Rounds 1 & 2
  • May 11/12: Brands Hatch / Clio Cup / Rounds 3 & 4
  • July 5/7: Zandvoort / Clio Cup / Rounds 5 & 6
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