Adam Derbyshire came away from the latest rounds of the Radical Enduro Championship at Croft in North Yorkshire with a second and third place after suffering gearbox troubles early in the weekend (July 26/27). Derbyshire, backed by Spirit ...
Adam Derbyshire came away from the latest rounds of the Radical Enduro Championship at Croft in North Yorkshire with a second and third place after suffering gearbox troubles early in the weekend (July 26/27).
Derbyshire, backed by Spirit Volkswagen of Banbury and Leamington Spa, went to Croft with the intention of keeping his lead in the one-make championship and was aided this time by his brother, British GT racer, Jamie, with whom he raced in the Radical series last season.
A wet test day on Friday left Jamie playing catch up after six months away from the nimble Radicals in a heavier GT car. However, he was set to run a short opening stint in the car, leaving Adam a longer run to chase down the rest of the field.
A great opening drive saw Jamie contend with a problem with gear selection before handing over to Adam. With continued troubles it was an uphill struggle for the series leader, but a fine drive saw him manage to hold onto third place by the end of race one.
A great job by the IN-2-Racing team saw a complete engine and gearbox change in time for the start of race two, giving the pair a better chance against some very swift opposition.
Another good opening stint by Jamie saw him hand over to Adam after half a dozen laps. A gap of 15 seconds looked like a big proposition for Adam but some excellent laps saw him chase down and pass the second place car of Nigel Greensall before closing in on the leader with just three laps to go.
Adam took a couple of looks up the inside of him but the opportunity to go for the lead never appeared and a solid second place finish was just reward after a struggle in the opening race, and keeps Adam at the head of the field in the title chase.
"To be honest we are pleased with the results today." Said Adam. Jamie had not had any real time back in the car on Friday and to get straight back on the pace like that was great. We knew that the rest of the field have narrowed the gap to us and it is so competitive out there now. The top three or four cars are right on the limit every lap of every race and it is definitely a good thing to get more points on the board this weekend. He added.
Adam will be in action again on August 16/17 at Brands Hatch in Kent.