DOUBLE PODIUM FOR SUTTON & MEADOWS James Sutton and Michael Meadows made the best of the damp conditions at Rockingham today and finished in third place, securing their second podium finish of the weekend. Luke Hines and Jeremy Metcalfe ...
DOUBLE PODIUM FOR SUTTON & MEADOWS
James Sutton and Michael Meadows made the best of the damp conditions at Rockingham today and finished in third place, securing their second podium finish of the weekend. Luke Hines and Jeremy Metcalfe collected more Championship points with a sixth place finish and Michael Cullen and Paddy Shovlin finished in 16th after an early race tyre gamble didn't pay off.
The rain held off during the morning at Rockingham but began to fall quite heavily just as the race got underway. Michael Cullen came in after a few laps to change to wet tyres, hoping that the rain would continue. Unfortunately it didn't and the Irishman was left to struggle on the wrong tyres for the conditions. James meanwhile was running strongly in fourth and Luke had moved up to 12th.
As soon as the pit window opened, after 23 minutes of racing, Michael dived into the pits to hand the no.15 Ferrari over to Paddy, who rejoined the race on slick tyres. A few minutes later Luke handed no.16 over to Jeremy and James pitted in no.14 so that Michael Meadows could join the race.
With just 15 minutes to go the battle of the B drivers was well underway. Michael had made a pass and moved up to fifth before also passing Peter Bamford's Ferrari for fourth place. Jeremy was up to ninth and Paddy was 20th, putting in some great lap times but running out of race time to climb further up the standings. Whilst Michael set off after Hector Lester in third place, Jeremy moved up to seventh and then the safety car appeared on track with just nine minutes of racing left to go. The leading Lamborghini helpfully spun off so Michael was up to P3 just as the chequered flag fell, five minutes short of the hour.
CR Scuderia Ferrari no.14: James Sutton & Michael Meadows JAMES SUTTON: "It was quite difficult out there today; I think I prefer it when it's boring, like yesterday's race. I thought I might come off a few times but we got there in the end and I'm really pleased to take two trophies home this weekend."
MICHAEL MEADOWS: "The car felt okay when I joined the race and I was able to pass a couple of cars for position. When the safety car came out everyone was weaving a lot to keep the heat in their tyres but it was really slippery and I didn't want to be the first to fall off so I didn't join in the weaving. We struggled here in testing and were average in qualifying so it's great to do a lot better in the races and get two podium finishes."
CR Scuderia Ferrari no.16: Luke Hines & Jeremy Metcalfe
JEREMY METCALFE: "When Luke handed over to me the circ uit was pretty damp and it stayed that way for three or four laps, making it pretty difficult to stay on the track. As it dried I managed to pass a Ferrari then I had a big gap to close up to the next car, which I caught and passed. It started raining again after that though and then the safety car came out. We would have benefited from the race going to full time but they stopped it a few minutes short. We took some points though for sixth so we're not disappointed."
CR Scuderia Ferrari no.15: Michael Cullen & Paddy Shovlin
MICHAEL CULLEN: "B******s!"
The CRS team will be testing at Thruxton on Wednesday and the next race is in just two weeks time at Snetterton in Norfolk.