After our Coca Cola car faced tragedy at Brands Hatch in the third round of Restoracing, the team worked tirelessly to fix the car for the next races. Fortunately their hard work paid off.
After a scorcher of a week, the team from Swindon drove east to the Snetterton 300 Race Circuit. The track and dates had been changed from the more local Silverstone, so the team were hoping the 6 hour journey to the track would be worth it.
Greeted with rain for the early Qualifying round, the teams had fitted their wet tyres for the first time in the season. This round also welcomed the Class 1 911s and Caymans from the Porsche Club, meaning the grid was very busy.
Everyone used the qualifying as a chance to get to know the track in the rain, more successfully for some than others, and not everyone managed to keep their tyres on the track. Ollie was able to keep his cool and qualified in sixth position.
The rain continued as the first race arrived. The crowded grid caused Ollie a delayed start as the cars in front of him stalled, and he dropped to the back of the pack. This track is a particularly challenging one, with tight bends and long straights, but Ollie revelled at the chance to drive in the rain and attempt to claim back the positions he had lost.
After managing to gain two places, Ollie then locked up going into a bend and the two cars quickly stole back their positions. Swindon ultimately placed eighth - we were happy with this performance after being knocked out of the Brands Hatch race entirely.
As the weather brightened up for Race 2, the Swindon team elected to put their dry tyres back on. As Race 1 had been the first race without a safety car this season, the drivers felt more confident. Swindon got off to a much better start and quickly climbed to fifth place.
Steadily increasing his speed, Ollie soon gained fourth place and only the Jardine Group car stood between him and a podium finish. As his lap times got quicker and quicker, Ollie reduced the space between him and the Jardine Group car. As the pace quickened, the back bumper of the Coca Cola car detached, but luckily it didn’t affect Ollie’s progress.
With only a few minutes to go, Ollie made his move and overtook the Jardine Group car to achieve a third place finish. Well done to Ollie for tremendous driving and to the whole Restoracing team for working so hard to get the car ready to compete again.
The final round will take place at Oulton Park on Saturday 31 August.
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