Posted on September 30, 2008 at 2:36 PM
Anthony, Barry & the Chevron racing team put on their best performance of the season in round 7 of the VdeV UK Championship at Croft.
After a difficult couple of rounds at Brands Hatch & Assen, the team were determined to get closer to the pace. A good test at Donington in the week before the event allowed them to find a better setup on the car and the pace showed when they got to Croft. Anthony was immediately a pace setter in the practice sessions and lined up 3rd in qualifying, missing pole by just a tenth of a second in the most competitive grid to date. In fact, the top 5 were covered by only 15 hundredths of a second!
Barry took the opening stint and despite making a slightly shakey start, was gradually getting into his rythm when an electrical problem hit the car. The Ligier ground to a halt right at the start of the pitlane, but Barry managed to recover it into the garage and the team set about finding the cause. A master switch problem was diagnosed and although quickly replaced, they had lost a good bit of time and Barry rejoined 11 laps down on the leaders.
However, he got his head down and used 3rd place Ally McKever as a carrot - who was just ahead on the road. He gradually closed the gap to McKever and went past as the Scot made a mistake. He then settled into a pace that soon saw him as the 2nd fastest car on track - even quicker than the eventual winner Gareth Howell.
Anthony took the helm at the 1 hour 45 minute distance and quickly set about a charge that saw him as the fastest car on track by between 1-2 seconds per lap for almost the entire remainder of the race. He passed every front runner, unlapping himself twice from the leader Phil Quaife (who had now taken over from Howell) in the process, although a quick trip to the grass at Sunny In - and then to the pitlane to clear the resultant blocked radiators - meant he actually had to overtake Quaife three times!
Despite the effort, the pair finished in 9th place, 8 laps down from the winner.
"It was frustrating to once again have a problem, but good to have such pace. I feel we've gone in the right direction with the car and I'm actually quite proud of the work we've done, even though on paper we can't show it.
I think it bodes well for the remaining race at Silverstone. Barry drove brilliantly to lap faster than some of the Pro's and we'll all just keep pushing to get the result we know we can" said Anthony.