After a promising start to the season, finishing in the top 5 in every race, James, unfortunately, crashed out of the second race at the last round at Castle Combe.
Luckily, James was unhurt but his car did not share his good fortune. After a thorough check by his mechanic, Dave Sharp, it was deemed uneconomical to repair.
This meant the only chance James could have at getting back on the track this season was to source a new car entirely.
And this is where we stepped in.
Along with the support from James’ family, we helped with sponsorship and a new race-ready car, with a history in the Scottish BMW Compact Cup, was found in Glasgow.
With only two weeks to go before the next race, the engine and a number of other components were transferred from the old car to the new.
After a test session at Donington Park, the car was finally ready to line up on the grid at Silverstone.
Silverstone – Nangkang Tyres BMW Compact Cup Championship 2017 – Round 5
It’s safe to say that qualifying didn’t go exactly to plan: brake issues coupled with a penalty for being underweight following scrutineering resulted in James starting from the back with a 10-second hold.
Though not an ideal start to the day, the monumental effort by Dave, James and their team to get the car ready and on the track was a huge achievement in itself.
With 33 cars on the grid, it could be said James and his team had their work cut out for them to climb up the rankings and score as many points as possible.
Race 1 – James fought relentlessly through the pack and finished in a credible 19th place. Had he not had the 10-second penalty, he would certainly have been challenging for a spot in the top 10.
Race 2 – With James staying out of trouble, he gave another steady performance and crept up the rankings. Even though he was still learning how to get the best performance out of his new car, he still finished in 20th place.
Although the penalty caused frustration among the team, James still earned valuable points and gained more experience behind the wheel of a new car. This will doubtlessly bode well for his next race at Rockingham on the 17th September.
James now sits in 7th place in the championship with a top 5 place still very much within his grasp.
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