SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND AT CROFT ROUNDS OFF 2007 SEASON FOR AKA COBRA In a repeat of his stunning performance at Donington Park, AKA Cobra driver, Valtteri Bottas, did it again at Croft with a great win in race one and second place in race two....
SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND AT CROFT ROUNDS OFF 2007 SEASON FOR AKA COBRA
In a repeat of his stunning performance at Donington Park, AKA Cobra driver, Valtteri Bottas, did it again at Croft with a great win in race one and second place in race two. Adam Christodolou was a close second in race one, securing an AKA Cobra 1-2 while Nathan Caratti finished in fifth place after a top drive in the first race.
The single qualifying session at Croft took place on a drying track which can make tyre choice difficult. The AKA Cobra drivers opted for old wets and the grid for race one was set with Adam in third, Valtteri in fourth and Nathan in eighth place. The top two qualifiers had gone for new wets so the team were happy with the performance considering the tyre disadvantage. For race two Adam and Valtteri switched places so Valtteri had third, Adam fourth and Nathan was in ninth place.
The conditions for race one were the same as qualifying: a drying track. Nathan gambled on starting on slicks and it looked like he had made the right choice. Unfortunately a start line accident between Jon Lancaster and Alex Sims meant the race was restarted and a lot of the other runners had time to copy Nathan's plan and switch to slicks.
At the restart Valtteri got away well and immediately moved from fourth to first place. Adam was in third but soon managed to pass Sho Hanawa for second place whist Nathan got held up at the start but managed to fight through to fifth by the finish.
The track was dry for the start of race two and Valtteri was up to second by the second corner. He then struggled to keep pace with Adriano Buzaid who was leading the race on new tyres, compared to Valtteri's old ones. Adam was having a similar problem with Sho Hanawa; he was running in fourth but unable to get by the freshly-shod Japanese driver's car. Nathan was running in sixth, after starting ninth, but lost his front wing at the hairpin half way through the race. After pitting for repairs he rejoined the race but had lost too much time to recover any positions.
Andrew Kirkaldy, Team Principal:
"All three drivers did a great job this weekend. For Valtteri to come into this Championship and take three out of four wins, and a second place, is incredible. It's a shame he couldn't score points - as he doesn't have a British licence -- but I think he's raised a few eyebrows in the last couple of weeks! Adam did incredibly well again. For a driver in his first year of cars he has come a long way and continues to improve all the time. Nathan too has shown large leaps of improvement recently so I'm happy with all of them."