Early season high's & lows for Dittmann in BTCC supporting Ginetta G50 Cup Tewkesbury's Chris Dittmann is currently combining his racing in the BTCC supporting Ginetta G50 Cup races along with studying for his finals at University of Sheffield,...
Early season high's & lows for Dittmann in BTCC supporting Ginetta G50 Cup
Tewkesbury's Chris Dittmann is currently combining his racing in the BTCC supporting Ginetta G50 Cup races along with studying for his finals at University of Sheffield, where he is studying Mechanical Engineering.
He has seen the racing contrasts after a double podium at Thruxton but a double DNF at Rockingham and so he is looking to get back on track at this weekend's next rounds on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.
In the opening races at the super fast Thruxton circuit in Hampshire Dittmann managed the changeable conditions well by staying out on slick tyres and waiting for the track the dry, which meant a great qualifying position of 5th place for race one.
A good start to Race 1 in wet conditions around the quick first corners meant Dittmann took 4th place around the outside of Goodwood. Over the course of the next five or six laps he had caught up to the third place runner (Tom Sharp) and after a run coming out the first corner, made his move into the braking area of the chicane. He then held his position after a strong fight-back to claim the team's first podium of the year.
Race 2 began with the track cold but dry and after the first four laps Dittmann was in a comfortable 3rd place. The safety car was then deployed after a big accident which closed the pack right up again. This stayed out until 3 laps from the end after which he had to defend as much as he could. However, on the last lap his car ran wide onto the grass on the fastest corner on the circuit, Church. Travelling at over 130mph he struggled to keep the car in a straight line and lost 3rd place and just held on for 4th place after defending into the final corner.
A completely dry track for Race 3 and after another good start Dittmann moved into 2nd place after taking the position into Goodwood. He then closed the gap to the leader but at the same time defending his position from behind. He was then passed (by guest driver WTCC's Rob Huff) which dropped him to 3rd which he kept to the chequered flag.
In the 2nd meeting of the season at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby the qualifying (and race 1) were held in the dry conditions on Saturday which saw Dittmann qualify a close 4th, but disappointed not to be higher up on the grid.
At Rockingham there are several passing places but the major places are at the beginning of the lap at Deene and the following corner.
At the start of Race 1 Dittmann made a good getaway around the banking of turn 1 and came out in a strong 4th place and was closing up on 3rd place when the safety car came out (after a clash lower down the field). At the re-start Dittmann was unfortunately crashed into by two cars behind him, so heavily that he lost his front left wheel and so ended up in the gravel.
This meant in Race 2 Dittmann started towards the back of the grid, and unfortunately he didn't get very far into the race again as he was hit hard on the back right of his car entering Yentwood which broke his suspension, which meant another retirement.
Two races gone and both times an innocent party with these accidents (the two drivers were both fined and had 3 points on their racing licenses).
In the final race Dittmann did mange to get through to the flag and gain a few points to end a disappointing weekend.
He doesn't have long to wait as the next rounds are on the 1st & 2nd May on the full Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in Kent, where Dittmann is looking to get his championship challenge back on track.
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