Car racing rookie Oliver Basey-Fisher earned the third top five finish of his maiden Ginetta Junior Championship season during an impressive run on his first race meeting at Oulton Park.
The 16 year old impressed with strong performances in both wet and dry conditions around the Cheshire circuit, which is widely renowned as one of the most challenging tracks in the UK>
The Silverstone Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner made a good start to the weekend in qualifying, steering his Tollbar Racing with WIRED car to eighth place on the grid. The opening race began well for him, sitting in eighth early on, before slotting into seventh before a safety car period.
Moving up to sixth on lap six, Basey-Fisher was into the top five a lap later. Running in the battle for the final podium position, the Suffolk teenager was unable to make any further progress, settling for a top five finish.
Sunday's televised race wasn't as fruitful for Basey-Fisher when a broken alternator restricted his straight-line speed. Despite being down on power to all his rivals, the Century Logistics-backed ace was able to battle to a commendable ninth place finish.
Basey-Fisher said: “Race one was good, fifth place was a decent result and we've learnt a lot again this weekend which is what this year is all about. Oulton Park is a fantastic track and we had experience of it in the wet and dry this weekend so that can only be good for the future.”
“We had a serious lack of power in the second race. We put a new alternator in on Saturday as the old one had snapped but at the start of the second race the car was rattling on the grid and it started running really high temperatures.
“We found afterwards the bearings had gone, everything was rattling around in the alternator, and that meant we had no power. No matter what I could do I was losing it all down the straights so it was very frustrating.”
Despite his mixed fortunes this weekend, Oli is delighted with the way his debut car racing season has gone so far and has acknowledged the support of his grandmother, who was the one who instilled the racing bug in the teenager in the first place.
Basey-Fisher added: “Unfortunately my Gran isn't very well at the moment so I want her to know how important she is to me and my racing. She was the one who got me started in karting, my parents weren't that interested at first so the fact we're here in Ginetta Junior now is all down to her. Hopefully I can make her proud during the next round at Croft!”