David Fairbrother, Ross Wylie and the Slidesports team endured a frenetic weekend of Porsche Carrera Cup GB action at Oulton Park for rounds five and six.
The Fuelcard Services/Pall-ex supported team came away from their local meeting with a personal best result of sixth place in the opening race of the weekend, earned by Scottish rookie, Ross Wylie.
Qualifying on Saturday was greeted by treacherous wet conditions for the Slidesports duo, Wylie impressing in sixth while David Fairbrother relished the conditions on his way to second in the Pro-Am2 class.
“In the wet it felt great because I come from a motorcycling background”, said David, “so to have four wheels and brakes as good as these, you really go for it.”
Unfortunately, David’s first race ended prematurely as he was caught up in a 10-car pile-up heading through the first corner. In contention for a podium in the second race of the weekend – aired live on ITV4 – David was left sore by another accident, this time at Hill Top during his battle for third in Pro-am2 with Iain Dockerill.
“I’ve never seen an accident like it before”, said Dave after an early exit in race one. “I came around the first corner and cars were going off everywhere so I had nowhere to go. It’s a shame because we were looking good this weekend.”
In race two, Wylie lost ground to his more experienced rivals on his first standing start in the series, but kept pace for a solid eighth place finish on a learning weekend for the squad.
“We’re making progress and now we’ve got a full race distance under our belt”, said Ross. “I can’t complain with sixth place at all. We’re very happy with that especially as the accident happened literally right in front of me! We had no pre-season testing so we’re still playing catch-up at the moment, but we’re enjoying ourselves and we’ve all had really good support this weekend.”
For the rookie squad’s hard work over the weekend – which included a Saturday overnight repair job – Slidesports earned the Team of the Weekend award, team boss Mark Jenkins adding: “The boys and girls here have worked so hard. We’re about where we should be at the moment. We obviously want to win, but if it was easy it wouldn’t be worth doing in such a prestigious championship.”
Slidesports next head to Snetterton in Norfolk to support the British Touring Car Championship from 28-30 July.
Posted on 22nd May 2017
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