Silverstone Race Report 26th September 2021
Good afternoon from Silverstone here in sunny, yes sunny, Northamptonshire after that incredible qualifying session yesterday which saw Aiden fire up to 3rd on the grid in the last minutes of the session.
With our great position in the various championship, there was definitely a strategy here to protect our positions and score the maximum number of points safely in race 1. The risks of a big crash and missing races and points later in the afternoon was probably too great and so preservation would be the order of the day.
Off the line it was Aiden who was overtaken for 3rd place by Dan Lloyd in the lighter car. Aiden was very comfortable in 4th and was able to stay there without challenge throughout a largely uneventful race. Ash was able to get up to 7th, but despite looking slightly faster than Colin Turkington and Josh Cook in front of him, he harried them looking for a mistake, but it didn’t come. Ash was clearly happy with his 7th place at the flag and all looks good for race 2. To complete things, Carl was looking racey and got up to 15th and into the points.
Ash leads the championship by 29 points and Aiden has now moved up into the top 6, both of which help with our driver and teams championship ambitions.
We move on now to Race 2 with Aiden and Ash hoping for another great points haul and Carl hoping for more points towards the Jack Sears Trophy.
As the action continues in the very hot sunshine here at Silverstone. The temperature is well into the 20’s and the crowd are basking in the heat and the action.
With Aiden in 4th, Ash in 6th and Carl in 15th the team were in fighting mood. Off the line all three got a good start and were very comfortable holding position.
There was then a period where everyone was holding position until 2 safety cars upset the plans for tyre wear. With 5 laps to go, Colin Turkington was able to take Aiden for 4th and at the end, Aiden was 5th and Ash was 6th. Carl was cruelly denied a good race when on lap 14 he was hit at the first corner and lost a couple of laps in the pits before getting back on track.
After the reverse grid was drawn at number 11, we have Aiden in 6th, Ash in 7th and Carl in 26th. Ash is still 25 points clear at the top of the Championship and Laser lead in the teams championship by 27 points.
We move on now to Race 3 with most of the title contenders behind us on the grid, so let’s see if the sparks will fly!
Well, what a final race, what a day and what a weekend for the Laser Tools Racing team and all 3 of our drivers. Everyone got to take some silverware and we won 7 of the available racing trophies in the BTCC this weekend.
So what happened in race 3? On the grid we had Ash in 8th, Aiden in 7th and Carl in 23rd. This was a great last race where Hill and Lloyd blasted off into the distance and had a battle all of their own to the line with Jake Hill winning.
Behind them we had the action. Aiden drove an outstanding race to finish 7th, Carl improved from 23rd to 19th, but Ash was the star. First he took Colin Turkington and Aiden to move up to 6th. He then systematically picked off those above him, Jason Plato, Stephen Jelley and in the closing stages Chris Smiley to finish on the podium in a brilliant 3rd.
What has this meant for the various championships?
· Driver’s Championship – Ash in 1st place with a 36 point lead
· Driver’s Championship – Aiden stays in 6th place
· Independent Driver’s Championship - Ash in 1st place with a 31 point lead
· Independent Driver’s Championship - Aiden in 4th place leap-frogging Adam Morgan
· Independent Driver’s Championship - Carl in 15th place
· Team’s Championship – Laser Tools Racing lead by 72 points points
· Independent Team’s Championship – Laser Tools Racing lead by 34 points
· Jack Sears Trophy – Carl is in 3rd place
All of this bodes well as we head to Donington Park in 2 weeks for round 9 of the Championship. It’s been a fabulous weekend, so thank you Silverstone.