Ryan Lewis notched up another ten Championship points after finishing fourth in race one at Castle Combe today. Starting from fifth on the grid the young Brit had a flying start, fighting his way up to third place by going around the outside of...
Ryan Lewis notched up another ten Championship points after finishing fourth in race one at Castle Combe today. Starting from fifth on the grid the young Brit had a flying start, fighting his way up to third place by going around the outside of the cars ahead at Quarry. Charlie Kimball managed to dive through at the chicane on the next lap taking away third place but Ryan held on even though he was being closely challenged by Danny Watts, fifth-placed man and last year's race winner. The race was then slowed under the safety car when Adam Khan went off at Camp Corner. The runners got in a few more laps of racing once the safety car peeled into the pits but the race was then red-flagged at the end of lap 19 when Cheong Lou Meng went off, also at Camp.
"Naturally I'm disappointed to just miss out on the podium", commented Lewis. "But fourth is better than nothing and every point counts in this game. I actually ended up with one of the plastic bollards wedged under the floor of my car which didn't do a lot for me aerodynamically so I was pleased when it dislodged itself! We had the pace but just couldn't quite get on the podium."
Race two didn't go quite so well for Lewis. He started from fourth on the grid and enjoyed a good scrap with the winner of race one, Dan Clarke. Unfortunately he was forced to retire on lap 11 with a broken cam belt.
"That was a bit frustrating," said Ryan after the race. "I was running fourth for a while but then I ran wide at Tower and about three cars shot through. The car wasn't handling great so it was a struggle to come back at them and then the safety car came out anyway. After that the cam belt went so it was 'game over'. I can't grumble too much though as that's my first, and hopefully my last, DNF of the season. I had the podium in my sights this weekend so I'll have to look to Monza now and make it happen!"
The next three races for Ryan Lewis are in two weeks time at Monza in Italy. One of the races is round three, postponed from the Spa meeting in April.