Posted on October 20, 2008 at 2:42 PM
Anthony Dunn & Barry Gates finally made it onto the podium in VdeV UK in the final round at Silverstone.
After starting from 4th place, Barry got quickly into the groove in his Chevron Racing Team Ligier JS49 and consolidated his position, staying with the leading pack on the opening laps. He took 3rd position when Adam Derbyshire ran wide at Becketts whilst attempting to take 2nd place from Lee Atkins.
Over the next 30 minutes, he continued to put in consistent laptimes and although suffering with understeer, still stayed in the hunt and handed the car to Anthony in 4th place. Anthony also suffered with the handling problems - caused by a broken diffuser - and although couldn't keep pace with the leaders, he was still able to run a strong 3rd.
Little by little he was gradually being reeled in by the TFL & Piranha Juno's of Simon Pullan and Graham Fennymore. However, he kept his head and although the gap dropped as low to 4 seconds at one point, he gradually managed to stem the tide and pulled the gap back out.
3rd place looked secure, but with 10 minutes to go a momentary lapse of concentration caused him to go wide at Becketts, across the grass & narrowly missing a gravel trap. He rejoined, but debris in the radiators caused a worry with rising engine temperatures. Luckily, it stabilised and he was able to take the final spot on the podium - and their best results of the year.
"We've been in a similar position a few times this year, but for whatever reason it hasn't happened" said Anthony "But it's nice to finish the year with a good result - and hopefully we can build on this over the winter and into next year".