Crash hits Cress­well hopes

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Gideon Cress­well shrugged off brake is­sues and a scary high speed in­ci­dent to record sixth and eight-placed fin­ishes at Oul­ton Park last week­end, writes DAN WRIGHT.

The Ash­ford-based MINI Chal­lenge racer, mak­ing his first visit to the Cheshire cir­cuit, qual­i­fied sixth in his class and car­ried that form into his open­ing race, a su­per start putting him fourth at the end of lap one.

He looked to at­tack, chas­ing a podium fin­ish only to suf­fer brake prob­lems, drop­ping him to sixth.

That proved enough for Cress­well to earn pole po­si­tion for the re­verse grid sec­ond en­counter and he made an­other great start, lead­ing again, only to suf­fer more tech­ni­cal woes.

He re­fused to give in, only to then un­der-steer onto the grass, spin­ning back across the track in front of the chas­ing pack, leav­ing him fac­ing back­wards across the cir­cuit, just man­ag­ing to avoid hit­ting the tyre wall.

Cress­well re­joined in eighth place but couldn’t im­prove on that be­fore the end.

He said: “Af­ter the mas­sive high of win­ning at Brands Hatch, it was dis­ap­point­ing.

“We changed loads on the car, brake pads, cal­lipers, wheel bear­ing and drive shafts but it just didn’t work.”

“We have a few weeks to sort out the car be­fore Cas­tle Combe so I hope my good for­tune re­turns there.

“There are still a lot of races left in the cham­pi­onship to close the gap.”

Pic­ture: Joseph Wright

SCARY MO­MENT: Gideon Cress­well was in­volved in a high­speed in­ci­dent at Oul­ton Park

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