Flashman Finneran secured his maiden top ten finish in the Ginetta Junior Championship on the penultimate weekend of the season at Silverstone.
Running with Tollbar Racing, the young autistic racer enjoyed the best weekend of his debut year of car-racing so far at the home of British Motorsport.
Finneran ran well in the opening race, moving up from sixteenth to thirteen in early stages. After gaining another spot soon after, the 14 year old was then left frustrated when contact from behind spun him down to a finish of seventeenth.
He was able to make up for that disappointment in race two, when a multi-car accident ahead of him at Becketts on the opening lap allowed him to thread his way through to a superb seventh place.
While Finneran was eventually demoted to tenth at the finish, the result meant he achieved his goal of breaking into the top ten this season, delighting the Newmarket-based racer.
“I’m really pleased because that’s the best race I’ve had so far,” said Finneran. “It made up for race one because that was going well until I got hit and had a spin. I was up to twelfth and thought I was going to get my best finish so I was disappointed to not get it.
“In race two I got a really bad start but it turned out to be good thing because all of a sudden there was a pile-up in front of me and I could pick my way through. Running towards the front helped me because I was being pulled along and I think I drove better than if I’d been at the back. It’s a big thing for me to get into the top ten and it gives me more confidence for the final round.
“I’ve said all year that I wanted to get into the top ten and now I’ve done it, it feels brilliant. I hope I can do it again at Brands Hatch.”