Tollbar Racing driver Oli Basey-Fisher was disappointed with his weekend at Croft after being punted out of sixth place in the first of the weekend's two races. He later came back to secure his sixth top-ten appearance of the season in race two and round ten of the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship.
The Suffolk driver is now halfway through his debut year in car racing, and with ten races remaining in the championship he is just twenty-one points shy of the coveted top six in ninth place in the drivers' standings.
As the rookie reveals, Croft was not the most straightforward weekend, even despite the contact: “My car was handling fantastic through the corners but I was losing a lot of time on the straights and that affected us badly. It's disappointing as the results weren't quite what we wanted this weekend but at least we scored some points.”
The Great Finborough racer started both of the weekend's races in eight position, and come race one he made a strong getaway to thread his way into sixth position, challenging for fifth into turn one.
Basey-Fisher was looking more likely to take fifth than be passed by Keith Donegan behind, so it was a surprise when the Irishman sent a late challenge up the inside into the complex, leaving the Tolbar driver to spin helplessly into the slippery grass. He was, however, able to rejoin the track and continue the race to finish in eleventh place and collect some valuable championship points, albeit losing around a minute in the process.
“I got a really good start in race one, up to about fifth to begin with, and then I was in sixth with Donegan behind me.” said the 17-year-old. “Although we didn't have the straight-line speed, I was fairly happy I could hold onto the position at least but onto the complex he tried a half-hearted move and spun me off onto the grass. It took a fair while to get back on to the track and as you can imagine it was really disappointing.”
However, there was a change in fortune for the second race of the weekend. Despite being pushed down to tenth place on the first lap of the race, Basey-Fisher was able to take eighth place following a collision between two cars ahead of him. Eighth place overall equalled a fourth place in the Rookie Class, just shy of his class' podium.
There is now a Summer hiatus of seven weeks before the Ginetta Junior Championship gets back underway at Snetterton in August, where Basey-Fisher will be aiming to reduce the deficit to championship leader Sennan Fielding.