SECOND PLACE AND DRIVER OF THE WEEKEND FOR ARCHIE HAMILTON Archie Hamilton (19), Basingstoke continued to shine when he scored his best result of the season and was awarded Porsche Driver of the Weekend at Oulton Park today. On Saturday ...
SECOND PLACE AND DRIVER OF THE WEEKEND FOR ARCHIE HAMILTON
Archie Hamilton (19), Basingstoke continued to shine when he scored his best result of the season and was awarded Porsche Driver of the Weekend at Oulton Park today.
On Saturday Archie qualified well, pushing Jonas Gelzinis hard and missing pole position by just one tenth of a second. The pace that he showed continued today for race one. Having made a good start, Archie knew that he needed to drive strategically and on lap six of the 18 lap race allowed Bateman's Pro car through, as defending was slowing his pace and ProAm1 rival Ollie Jackson was catching. After conceding the overall position it gave Archie the chance to push hard and pull away from Jackson and by the time he took the chequered flag was just one second behind class winner Gelzinis.
This afternoon's race held more challenges with a start-line incident ahead cost Archie valuable places in avoiding. A later power problem hindered top-end speed which limited the ability to regain lost ground and when the race was red-flagged after a big accident on lap 12 Archie's chance to improve had gone. Any disappointment quickly vanished when Archie was presented with the Driver of the Weekend award as judged by a panel of Championship officials in recognition of overall progress and performance.
"It's been another great weekend. I could get used to podium visits! Given that I've struggled at Oulton Park in the past I was especially pleased to have picked up the pace here. I feel as though we've made a big step forward and it's great that I only have to wait a few days before getting back in the car at Le Mans. That's something that's going to be very special and a major milestone given that my grandfather was a Le Mans 24 Hour winner. Being awarded Driver of the Weekend is a fantastic honour and it's a big confidence boost for heading to France so I'd like to say big thank yous to the judges for the award and the team for giving me a great car to get where I am."
Archie's next races in the Matmut Carrera Cup France, supporting the legendary 24 Heures du Mans on Saturday 12th June and his next championship event takes place at Croft, North Yorkshire on 19th and 20th June.
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