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BGTC: Corby: Mike Meadows weekend summary

MIKE MEADOWS MEADOWS SCORES DOUBLE PODIUM IN BRITISH GT AT ROCKINGHAM 27 May 2008.../Mike Meadows coped admirably with some of the toughest race conditions, to score two podiums in the British GT Championship, at the Rockingham Circuit, Corby...

MIKE MEADOWS MEADOWS SCORES DOUBLE PODIUM IN BRITISH GT AT ROCKINGHAM

27 May 2008.../Mike Meadows coped admirably with some of the toughest race conditions, to score two podiums in the British GT Championship, at the Rockingham Circuit, Corby this weekend. Meadows and team mate James Sutton, in the CR Scuderia Ferrari 430 GT3 drove in treacherous conditions to score two third places in the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2008 championship.

During the qualifying session for round five, Meadows took to the track in the CR Scuderia Ferrari and clocked sixth fastest time out of the 24 runners, close behind the Lamborghinis and Vipers. The CR Scuderia duo improved in the second qualifying session, with fourth quickest lap to start in this position for the second race of the weekend.

As the cars lined up on the grid at the banked oval of the Rockingham Circuit, rain was falling heavily and the decision was taken to start the race started behind the safety car. After touring in formation for two laps, the safety car left the circuit and the field began to race at full speed. Meadows pushed hard and quickly improved to fourth place. He remained in position, avoiding any incidents, before the team opted to pit early in the pitstop window, on lap 14, with Meadows handing over to team mate Sutton. A safety car period immediately after this helped the team's race strategy, with the Meadows/Sutton pairing taking another spot, after everyone had pitted, to lie third, a position they held until the chequered flag.

Meadows commented after the race, "We raced in tough conditions today; our car wasn't as quick as we would have liked, but we are finding our strengths and weaknesses as the season progresses. The rain made it hard today, as some drivers struggled, I just tried to keep it as steady as possible and not take any risks. I hope that we can have another strong points finish in the second race this weekend to really help our championship position."

Race two of the weekend also took place under grey conditions. The rain held off during the morning but began to fall quite heavily just as the race started. Sutton took the start in fourth but dropped two places to lie sixth, handing over from this position to Meadows at the pit stop. Meadows rejoined and with a determined drive in the wet conditions he was able to move up to fifth by taking the Lamborghini, before also passing Peter Bamford's Ferrari for fourth place. The safety car joined the track with only nine minutes of racing left, halting Meadow's charge, however the lead Lamborghini spun off handing Meadows third place as the chequered flag fell, whilst still behind the safety car.

Meadows reflected on the race, "The car felt good when I joined the race and it was great to be able to pass a couple of cars for position. Again the conditions were tough and the car isn't still where we want it, but we had reasonable handling in the wet. We struggled here in testing and qualifying so it's great to do a lot better in the races and get two podium finishes. Points are important at this stage of the championship, because it is really close, and we hope this is the start of our championship campaign."

Two six points' finishes for Meadows and Sutton lifted their championship standing to seventh place as the British GT Championship now heads to Snetterton for the next two races in just under two weeks. Meadows' busy race schedule continues next weekend with the second round of the Formula Master series, which takes place in Pau, France.

-credit: mmPR

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Series GT
Drivers Peter Bamford , James Sutton