It’s time to bring you all an update on ExtremeBHP Motorsport’s season in Driftcup now that everything has settled after Round 2 at the Adrian Flux Arena in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
Mike Jackson completed plenty of laps in the morning practice session even though he was chasing an issue with the car misfiring and struggling for grip on the concrete surface.
The issue with the car misfiring could be driven around which he did well with just a bit of extra wand action on entry. The track cleaned up throughout the session, the grip started to increase and everyone including Mike improved.
In qualifying he managed to end up in 23rd even with the misfire, he was happy with that result as it got him through into the afternoon’s battles where he would line up against Dave Jackson in the Top 32.
Mike chased first keeping close throughout the run putting the pressure on Dave as they swapped over.
Some contact was made during Mike’s lead run causing him to spin, this was seen as a mistake from Dave, this would see Mike advance through into the Top 16.
Stuart Maclachlan was up next, he had been a strong contender all day so Mike had to chase hard, unfortunately dropping a wheel at the first clip.
His lead run was good but not enough to overturn the disadvantage from dropping a wheel so the day ended there. A strong performance that he will be aiming to continue at Round 3.
Ian Lonsdale came out ready to prove at this round after issues here last year. In practice he struggled with the grip levels the same as many drivers.
He did managed to get a couple of good clean runs in before the end of the session and knew where he needed to improve for his qualifying runs.
On his first qualifying run he pushed the car hard enough to get a safe score with the aim of going harder the second time around. Unfortunately he went too hard into the first clip, caught the dirt and spun, 21st place was the result from the first run, putting him through to the battles.
Ian lined up against Tony Morgan in the Top 32, Ian felt that he had to push hard to win this battle so he kept close to his door through the first half of the track. Tony got onto a line that was too wide at clip four, Ian went for the overtake and pulled it off maintaining the lead position until the end of the run.
Ian’s lead run just needed to be a clean, safe run to take the battle. Tony pinned it to his door through the first couple of clips before spinning out, confirming Ian’s place in the Top 16.
Tom Hutchinson was the next driver that Ian would line up against, he has proved a tough drive to beat. Ian misjudged the grip levels on his runs now that the track had cooled with the fading light.
Tom took the win ending Ian’s day, he was gutted to be knocked out at this stage but he will be looking forward to getting on some more doors at Round 3.
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