Race Report – Rockingham 12th July

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A dry but overcast qualifying session saw Karen and Richard qualify a creditable 8th out of 22 runners, directly behind a Porsche 993 RSR. They were 2.5 seconds per lap faster than their class competition in the Celica GT4 who qualified in 12th position.

Before the race there was a deluge of heavy rain which luckily stopped for the race itself. Rockingham has a reputation for a slick surface and this was amplified by the wet conditions. Several cars span off during the first lap causing a safety car. This allowed the Celica GT4 to make up places and was running behind Richard. At the restart Richard tried to make distance on the Celica but half-spun the car at the chicane on brand new tyres and was forced to wait for the field to pass before re-joining in last place!

A decent comeback drive from Richard and then a stunning drive from Karen against Andy Napier's Elise and Gary Jones' Porsche 944 saw the pair finish in 12th overall and 2nd in class.

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  • Karen races her Impreza WRX in the Classic and Sports Car Club (CSCC) Modern Classics series, with her husband Richard as a 2nd Driver. The races are mini-endurance events involving a driver-swap. Karen has previously raced in the Nippon Challenge, a race series for Japanese and Asian cars. Karen has been racing since 2006, having started in the MR2 Challenge.
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