MOTOR RACING: Chadwick siblings out of luck at Silverstone
5:09am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Sport
TETBURY’S Ollie and Jamie Chadwick were again frustrated by their results in an anti-climactic weekend at Silverstone – the host venue for Rounds 17 and 18 of the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship.
Ollie finished fifth and fourth in the two races, while Jamie had to settle for eighth and 14th.
It had been a positive start to the Silverstone weekend with Ollie qualifying P1 and P2 for Sunday’s races, however a lack of tow at the front of the field in race one necessitated a defensive strategy, with a bunched up field behind him.
Eventually Ollie was removed from the lead when a tap from Keith Donegan sent him wide at Maggots, dropping him back to fourth. This he held until he came under attack from Will Palmer on the final lap of Silverstone’s 1.64m circuit.
The pair entered Brooklands as one, Palmer forcing his way past before a collision at Luffield sent Palmer pirouetting down to 11th and Ollie down to fifth.
Ollie was penalised for the incident and subsequently started Round 18 from fifth place.
It was another hard-fought contest, but Ollie overcame an intense tussle with Palmer and Jack Mitchell to join the leading four-car train but, unable to improve, finished fourth, in the process achieving the fastest lap of the race – 1m12.463s.
“Today was an anti-climax, as we had the pace on Friday and Saturday,” said Ollie. “It’s really difficult to pull away at Silverstone because slipstreaming is so effective. I made a good start but, with everyone running so close, the tap from Keith (Donegan) meant I lost a lot of ground. I got a tap from Will (Palmer) on the last lap and then we had a coming together at Luffield. Finishing fifth was very disappointing.”
“We struggled a bit in Race 2 and, although I felt I had good pace, I couldn’t find a safe opportunity to make the crucial passes, settling for a frustrating fourth.”
Rookie Jamie, the youngest and sole female driver in the Ginetta Junior field, stayed in touch with the lead battle during the opening stages of Round 17 and maintained eighth place to the flag.
In race two, the 15-year old Tetbury-based racer lost ground with a relatively sluggish start and struggled to make an effective recovery, culminating in an unfortunate final-lap incident at Maggots, which saw her spiral back down to 14th place.
“In both races my performance dropped off after the first few laps, which is something I’ve encountered since Oulton Park,” said Jamie. “Fortunately, we have at last been able to identify the likely cause and the team are confident that it can be solved. So, while I’m disappointed with the weekend’s results, at least I know it wasn’t my fault and my car should be sorted for Brands Hatch.” The final two races – Rounds 19 and 20 – of the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship will be held on the world-famous Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on October 12-13.