A PRODUCTIVE & POSITIVE WEEKEND AT THRUXTON

22nd May 2019

 
 

A PRODUCTIVE & POSITIVE WEEKEND AT THRUXTON

Nicolas experienced a positive weekend for rounds 7,8 and 9 of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton. (May 18/19) 

The weekend started out very challenging, with all 3 Motorbase Performance cars struggling for overall balance in both practice sessions, therefore opting to make dramatic setup changes in the lead up to Qualifying.
 
With Nicolas now in his first full season of the British Touring Car Championship, the main aim is for him to develop his craft and learn as fast as possible to catch up on lack of experience in the 'top flight' of British motorsport.

Qualifying 
After qualifying 24th out of the strong 30 car grid and only 0.25 tenths behind his next Motorbase Performance teammate, Nicolas showed a huge improvement in dry condition pace. By out-qualifying more experienced drivers and closing in on the overall pace of his teammates, the improvement was great and very positive.
 
Race 1
Race 1 was all about gaining experience and working on overall 'race pace'. Fighting hard and going wheel to wheel through laps 1 and 2, Nicolas set the 8th fastest time in sector 1, crossing the line to finish a respectable P24, but with more desired leading up to Race 2.
 
Race 2
Race 2 started from P24, with Nicolas gaining 2 positions on lap 1. Lap 3 saw him get hit from behind on entry to the 'high-speed' left hander - Noble. Nicolas rejoined but with 2 'flat-spotted' front tyres, which required a pit-stop to change and resulted in a DNF.

Race 3
With a threat of rain at the start of race 3 and Nicolas starting down in P28 due to his DNF in race 2, there was nothing to lose. After an interesting first lap, with Nicolas gaining places, the 'Safety Car' was deployed. With rain falling heavier in sector 3, Nicolas's team decided to take a 'gamble' for wet tyres whilst the safety car was still active. For the gamble to pay off, Nicolas needed the heavens to open to where it would force the rest of the teams and drivers to pit for wet tyres also, promoting Nicolas to the front of the field. Unfortunately, it was not to be, with the rain holding off and Nicolas needing to pit once more for slick tyres. Closing out the final race, Nicolas showed strong pace, matching those in the mid-pack, which proved great overall potential, crossing the line P24.

Results:
Qualifying: P24
Round 7: P24
Round 8: DNF
Round 9: P24

Quotes from Nicolas
"Overall it has been a productive weekend. Thruxton is a very demanding circuit both mentally and physically, which requires a lot of experience and knowledge to get the maximum out of the car. Although Motorbase Performance, as a team, struggled in general, I felt that I made great strides forwards in my overall pace in comparison to my teammates, which is always my first target. I am competing in a very competitive championship, with some of the worlds most experienced drivers, some of which I am already beating and so my development as a driver is increasing rapidly. I look forward to Croft (June 15/16) and will for sure be making more improvements as I work my way up the field."