Cress­well’s fo­cus­ing on podium fin­ishes

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Gideon Cress­well says he is aim­ing for more podium fin­ishes rather than wor­ry­ing about the des­tiny of the Cooper Class Cham­pi­onship af­ter an event­ful week­end at Cas­tle Combe in Wilt­shire. The Great Chart driver fin­ished third sec­ond time out on Satur­day – his first top-three fin­ish since win­ning at Brands Hatch in May – but ad­mit­ted: “I am only in­ter­ested in points and podi­ums. The cham­pi­onship is out of my con­trol now and not re­ally in my fo­cus.” Cress­well suf­fered from car re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues at Oul­ton Park in the pre­vi­ous race last month and says he was lucky to avoid two ac­ci­dents this time.” He said: “I started in fifth in the sec­ond race, got a good start and led at the sec­ond cor­ner. “Four cars were then in­volved in a huge ac­ci­dent be­hind me which I was lucky to miss. I have seen it on YouTube since and it looks bad. “We got red flagged mean­ing that I had to start in my orig­i­nal po­si­tion of fifth, ef­fec­tively third, as two of the other cars ahead of me were in­volved in the crash. “I got a good start when the race restarted but then got blocked and lost a place but then man­aged to snatch it back on the last lap” Com­puter pro­gram­mer Cress­well had fin­ished sixth in the open­ing race and added: “The cir­cuit was damp at the start and a lot of the driv­ers had tyre is­sues. “I went for slicks be­cause it was dry­ing and felt it was the right de­ci­sion.” “One of the JCW class driv­ers then spun on the sec­ond cor­ner, which held me up and dropped me down the field, but I man­aged to claw my way back to sixth.”

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