Friday, May 24, 2024

Motorsport: Tough weekend for AMD

THE team endured its most trying weekend of the season to date as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed for Thruxton for the third race of the year reports

The West Thurrock-based team made the trip to Hampshire hoping to secure the outright lead in the race for the Jack Sears Trophy for teams running Super 2000-spec machinery this season.

Isle of Wight racer James Kaye headed into the weekend having taken a win at both Brands Hatch and Donington Park, with the team aiming to add to that tally at a circuit where it’s turbo-powered Volkswagen Golf had always run well in the past.

Despite being handed a relative boost reduction compared to his S2000 rivals, James was able to qualify third in class for the opening race, with the Golf lining up 23rd on the grid for the opening race.

Running in the lead pack when the race got underway, James battled his way to the front of the S2000 field only to be forced into retirement moments after securing the lead when a CV joint broke – leaving him no option but to pull off circuit at the Complex.

A strong result again escaped James in the second race when a puncture saw him retire while running in second spot, while his weekend ended with a third place finish in race three; the Golf taking the flag in 19th overall.

Team boss Shaun Hollamby agreed that it had been a challenging weekend for the team but vowed to come out fighting when the season resumes at Oulton Park next month.


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