Allison off the mark
PUBLISHED: 19:00 07 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:58 22 October 2010
Matthew Allison shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on victory at Donington Park as he bounced back in the first of two races for the British GT Championship at Pau in France.
Matthew Allison shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on victory at Donington Park as he bounced back in the first of two races for the British GT Championship at Pau in France. Allison and co-driver Jonny Lang started their Trackspeed-tended Porsche 996 in fifth place in the opening race around the tight Pyrenees street circuit. Lang took the first stint and worked his way up to third before handing over to the Norwich racer, who made good use of his rivals' pit stops.
“I saw space and managed to overtake the two lead cars,” said Allison, whose quick-thinking gave the pair their first victory of the season.
Their luck didn't hold because, in the second race, a driveshaft gave way and ended their involvement at half distance, when they were second.
The Lotus Sport Cadena team have also been celebrating, with Carleton Rode's Gavan Kershaw taking pole position in the GT3 category while team-mates Chris Randell and Paul Wright secured victory in the class with a gritty performance.
Kershaw didn't see the finish in the opening race, but bounced back to win race two.
Carl Breeze's disappointing season in the Seat Cupra Cup series continued at Thruxton. The King's Lynn driver, with a new engine fitted to his car, appeared back at the sharp end of the grid after qualifying in second and third places for the two races.
He quickly demoted leader Jonathan Adams in the first race, but a safety car period quickly saw his advantage eroded - and then a driveshaft break saw him coast back to the pits.
Race two provided little comfort as he was pushed down to fifth place in the closing laps, having held second place for many laps of the Hampshire circuit.
Oliver Oakes has slipped further behind double winner Niall Breen in the fight for the Formula BMW Championship crown.
The Hopton racer narrowly missed out on a podium place in the opening race at the Hampshire track, having to settle for fourth by less than a second.
In the second race Oakes finished on the tail of Jonathan Legris, but back in sixth place, and he slips to fifth place, 39 points behind Breen.
For the Thetford-based Nexa Racing team the weekend proved even more frustrating. Ross Curnow, who had been second, slipped to fourth in the standings with ninth and seventh places respectively.
Daniel Laddiman visited the podium for the first time in nine months at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, with third place in the second of the two T-Car races.
The Horstead racer, supported by Clarks Direct, finished fourth in the opening race. “We've had a after a major re-think on car set-up which has got me back up to speed,” he said.
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