Donington Race Report 9th & 10th October 2021
The team tactics for race 1 are quite simple. Ash’s aiming to gain a place or 2 for the points, but without taking any risks as his title rivals were around or behind him. For Aiden, the aim was to gain 4 or 5 places in race 1, the same again in race 2 and then look for the reverse grid in race 3. Carl was aiming to get his weekend back on track and to get into the top 20.
In the first part of the race Aiden was able to get a couple of places before there was a safety car after a big crash involving Adam Morgan. On the restart, it was all to play for as the safety car pulled in and both Ash and Aiden were making moves. Ash was able to get up to 8th and then up to 7th, before a long battle with Jason Plato who Ash wisely decided to stay behind rather than risk everything with only 5 races of the season left after this.
Aiden meanwhile was picking off the competition and finished a brilliant 13th – 7 places higher than his starting point. Carl meanwhile was still struggling and ended the race in 27th place. This puts the team in a strong position for race 2 with the possibility of progress for all 3 of our driver.
After the race, Ash is 39 points clear at the top of the championship, although Aiden has slipped to 7th behind Rory Butcher, but only by 3 points. As a one off for this report, we thought you might like to see what our drivers look like for a change, but let us know if you think the cars are better looking and we won’t do it again!!
Welcome back to Donington Park in Leicestershire as we have the 2nd British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend in bright sunshine.
The team tactics for race 2 haven’t really changed from race 1 with Ash again aiming to gain a place or 2 for the pointst without taking any risks and Aiden was to gain 4 or 5 places and look for the reverse grid in race 3. Carl was aiming to get his weekend back on track and to get into the top 20.
Off the line, Aiden was able to gain 1 place to take him up to 12th, a position he retained until he took 11th on lap 9. Moving into the top 10 a lap later, he was then able to move up to 8th on lap 13 where he finished the race.
Ash started in 7th spot on the grid before slipping to 8th on lap 3 and 10th on lap 5 as he fought to warm up the tyres. Ever the champion, he was able to claw a place back on laps 8, ,9,11 and 12 to be 6th before moving up to 4th on lap 13 which he held to the end.
Carl started in 27th but was up to 25th at the end of the first lap. He then took 24th on lap 12 before gaining another place and finishing 23rd, a gain of 4 places.
Then came the reverse grid, or as it is sometimes known in the paddock, “Turkington’s draw” as yet again at the sharp end of the season the BMW gets pole for race 3, just as it was last time out at Silverstone. This puts Aiden in 3rd at the start of the race, Ash 8th and Carl 23rd.
Ash has had his lead cut to 33 points from Tom Ingram, but starts ahead of him later. Aiden stays 7th, 11 points behind Rory Butcher with Carl in 21st place. Lets hope race 3 is kind to as we head towards the last round of the season.
What a great day and a brilliant end as Aiden takes a podium at one of his favourite circuits, Donington Park.
Starting from 3rd on the grid it wasn’t an easy ride for Aiden as he battled hard with those around him going back a couple of places before superbly reclaiming 3rd. Ash also had a tough time of things before finishing a well deserved 8th after a long battle with Tom Ingram, gaining valuable points in the process. Carl also gained impressive places being up in 17th at the end, just outside the points.
After the reversal of the winner and second place in Race 2, the reverse grid pole for Colin Turkington and a race day where Ash carried lots of weight, he now holds the championship lead by 32 points from Colin Turkington, with Tom Ingram 6 points further back in 3rd.
In the Independent Teams championship, Laser Tools Racing now hold a 77 point lead over BTC racing and in the Independent Drivers title race, Ash leads Tom Ingram by 33 points and Aiden is up to 4th with Carl in 15th.
So, there is one round and 3 races left and the championships are not far off now. So hold your breath and hide behind the sofa on the 23rd and 24th of October and let’s see what we can do.