IFM: Mike Meadows Brands Hatch summary

MIKE MEADOWS MEADOWS GRABS PODIUM SUCCESS AT HOME RACE British racer Mike Meadows had a successful outing at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent driving in the Formula Master Series, enjoying his first Formula Master podium finish of the season....

MIKE MEADOWS MEADOWS GRABS PODIUM SUCCESS AT HOME RACE

British racer Mike Meadows had a successful outing at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent driving in the Formula Master Series, enjoying his first Formula Master podium finish of the season. Race one saw Meadows storm through the field and finish third after starting the race tenth on the grid. Race two also gave Meadows a much needed point's boost with a sixth place finish.

Meadows' was one of only two British drivers in the Formula Master Series at Brands Hatch and welcomed the home support from the crowd. The weekend began with two practice sessions which Meadows used to reacclimatise himself to the Formula Master car having been away from the championship for the last round due to conflicting racing duties. During Saturday's 30 minute qualifying session Meadows was plagued with traffic and yellow flags, preventing the young Brit from stringing together a good flying lap.

Meadows pushed on and set a tenth fastest lap time for the first race of the weekend and after the session he commented, "We were a bit unlucky in the qualifying session, I'm hoping that we will be able to make up some places during the race and hopefully consolidate a points paying finish."

The first of the two races took place under the warm midday sun at the Kent track, and with the 24 car grid lined up for the start Meadows was prepared for a tough battle. As the lights went out for the Meadows was slower off the line than he had hoped, but with several drivers ahead also slow away, Meadows didn't lose out. In the 17 lap race the safety car was deployed on four occasions for on track incidents, which Meadows was able to avoid and take advantage of to progress through the field. Overtaking at Brands Hatch can be tough due to the tight nature of the circuit, but after a solid drive Meadows bought the car home for a well deserved podium finish, his best result of the season.

Commenting after the race, Meadows said, "I really didn't expect this result, starting tenth on the grid I knew it was gong to be a struggle to get up to the front and I was just aiming to get to eighth so we could get pole for tomorrow's race. This is a surprise result for us, but we are really pleased to get in the top three at our home race."

Yesterday, with the sun shining on the Brands Hatch Circuit and temperatures reaching a scorching 28C, the grid formed for Sunday's 28 lap race, with the top eight finishers from Saturday's race reversed for the second race of the weekend, and Meadows lining up fifth. Meadows, driving with Euronova racing, had another tough race, fighting hard to defend his position while attacking those ahead. Meadows lost out to a charge from Harald Schlegelmich, dropping him to sixth place, but he continued to fight on, dogging the tyre tracks of eventual fifth placed driver, Frankie Provenzano.

Meadows reflected on his weekend, "The podium yesterday was a real surprise for us and we knew it was going to be difficult to do it again today, but we are really pleased with two good finishes, and especially to take a podium spot. This weekend has been a big boost, we have scored some much needed championship points and we have been running up at the front which is where we want to be. To do all of this at our home track makes it even more special, the support here at Brands has been great. I hope we can carry this momentum into the next race at Oschersleben in a month's time, we have a big gap until we are back in the car again but I'll be focusing on a repeat performance."

Meadow's now lies eighth in the Formula Master's Rookie Championship after his strong results and welcome points boost at Brands Hatch. The next race on the calendar for Meadows is at Silverstone when he will be back with the CR Scuderia team in the British GT Championship on the 16/17 August.

-credit: mm

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