G50: Phil Broad Rockingham summary

New Challenge for Phil Broad in Ginetta G50 Cup Bedford's Phil Broad has moved up to the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup championship in 2010, which supports the British Touring Car Championship. He had previously been the Caterham Roadsport A Champion...

New Challenge for Phil Broad in Ginetta G50 Cup

Bedford's Phil Broad has moved up to the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup championship in 2010, which supports the British Touring Car Championship. He had previously been the Caterham Roadsport A Champion in 2007/08 and helped his team (DPR) win the team championship in 2009.

Paul works as a Data Engineer and so combines his racing with working at the World Touring Car Championship meetings, preparing and working on the Formula 2 cars, which are on the same bill. So he will be on his way back from the meeting in Marrakesh.

Knowing that Thruxton is the fastest circuit in the UK increased the pressure for Broad's first drive in the G50 Championship, but he was looking forward to it. He put in some good lap times during qualifying and so was happy with his starting position of 6th for the first race. It was wet but finishing in the top ten was a great achievement after he had so little time in the car pre-season. An over-enthusiastic spin meant he dropped positions in the second race on Sunday morning, but it gave some entertainment to the watching crowd. So he was fighting from the back in the final race but the car eventually lost power in the last few laps, killing my hopes of a reasonable finish. As Broad commented after the races "It was good to get more track experience in the car but is frustrating when the car fails or you don't get the results you want. 'Til next time I guess."

At the 2nd race meeting at Rockingham he had taken a Caterham out on the Rockingham circuit, a couple of weeks before the race, to get some experience of a track that was new for him. He had got some great track times so had high hopes for the Ginetta races. He had a dry track for qualifying and the first race but the competitors beat me down to 15th position on the starting grid. There was a bit of carnage, which he managed to avoid, but traffic can slow your race down and he didn't get the chances he would have liked. So he finished the first day frustrated.

On Sunday the rain hit the track early but this was the least of his worries when a broken clutch ended his second race after only two laps. It was another wasted opportunity and he had everything to prove by starting at the back of the grid for the final race. He finished several places up from where he had started, with a few drivers dropping out, but still thought he could have done better. At the end of the weekend Broad commented "Back to the drawing board maybe, extra practice and digging even deeper with determination are needed to get the results I want from Oulton Park".

The next BTCC meeting, when the Ginetta G50's will be racing again, is on June 5th & 6th at the challenging Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire.

-source: phil broad

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