Oliver Basey-Fisher continued his excellent start to his maiden season in car racing with a top four result during the latest rounds of the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship at Donington Park.
The Tollbar Racing with WIRED driver qualified sixth fastest for Saturdays race, just 0.2 seconds shy of pole position. Basey-Fisher held the place well during the opening exchanges, before slipping to seventh on lap two. A spin on lap four, caused by contact from behind, resulted in him dropping outside the top ten and his race got worse after a safety car period, when he was pushed wide at Redgate and got collected by a rival, ending his race on the spot.
Heading into the second race, the reigning Ginetta Scholarship winner lined up fourth on the grid looking get as many points as possible. The 16 year old was shuffled back to seventh early on, before fighting back up to fourth on lap six. An incident in front allowed Basey-Fisher to nip through and take second place; however it was short-lived as he slipped to fourth, where he finished.
Basey-Fisher said: “It was disappointing not to finish the first race and we could have had second in race two. Fourth is still good though, it's good points after retiring from race one – I'm pretty happy with that really.
“It was a bit of a hectic race but I kept out of most of the trouble. When I ended up in second, there was a bit of a commotion out of the final corner. My mirror was bent round to the side so I couldn't see where anyone was on my right-hand side, so I kept to the left and that meant I dropped to fourth.
“After that I thought I had a puncture, the whole car started wallowing down the Craner Curves so I lost some pace there but then it cleared up and I found more pace again. Unfortunately, I couldn't quite get back to second but I can't complain with fourth.”