National FF1600 success for Martin overshadowed by massive shunt

National FF1600 success for Martin overshadowed by massive shunt

KNOCKHILL 3/4th JUNE   SMRC Championship & David Leslie Trophy/National Championship

National championship

Qualifying went well, but due to a very busy track of 30 cars I struggled to find a clear bit of track – still posting a time to place me 6th wasn’t too bad.

Race 1, starting 6th I made a very fast start on passing two cars in one lap and a fantastic move to gain 2nd place on the outside into duffus dip. Tricky wet conditions made the race interesting but my experience and knowledge of the track helped. Chased down the leader, but unfortunately I just ran out of racing time.

Race 2, Starting from P2 allowed me to catch the leader much easier, his pace was impressive which led to me finding myself on the defensive from cars behind. Due to a disqualification I was given the race win, making me ecstatic on winning my first national race and at my home track. The team did an awesome job with the car and I couldn’t do it without them.

Race 3, starting p6 due to the reverse grid order, again I made a very strong start and gained places due to close and hard racing. Finding myself in p3, in a comfortable gap from cars behind allowed me to bring the car to the finish and gave me another podium in the national. Great points for the championship as I did not come out the top three all weekend.

Ross Martin

SMRC Championship

Car consistent in qualifying, but that one fast lap I was pushing for just didn’t come and I could only make a time for P2.

Race 1, tricky wet conditions made the racing close where I dropped to third at the start but due to the right tactics I made it up to 2nd, but then contact with the lead driver at the hairpin unfortunately put me out the race, resulting in a DNF.

Race 2, due to my DNF in race 1 I had to start p10 for the next race, but got a very strong start and some spectacular moves got me up to 2nd in just 3 laps.  After finding some clear track I chased Seb (Melrose) down, who was leading by about 4 seconds and with 5 laps to go I was on his gear box, but some defensive driving meant I could only finish 2nd.

Race 3, another strong start and an early overtake on Seb gave me the lead on lap 2, but as the laps counted down I realised my gear box selection had failed and I could don’t changed up or down the gears smoothly. This problem cost me the lead and on the very last lap due to the leader losing control of his car going down Duffus Dip, I made contact with his right front and I rolled over about 7 times.

Video footage showed a massive shunt which I never saw due to me having my eyes closed the whole time!

An unfortunate end to a very positive weekend, but I hope to be back out racing soon.

Martin

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