With Knockhill feeling like a distant memory, Thurxton would prove to be like a breath of fresh air. Yet it dealt a twist of hands in Race3 as Andy had the fight of his life-and this is just for starters. Saturday morning qualifying resumed as normal, which saw the Rosland car straight out the box and into the top 5 with comfort. As the session built, clock ticking and more cars on track each trying to find that extra tenth, Andy was unfortunate to get that all important clear flying lap in as a result of traffic resulting in qualifying P11 for Race 1.
Spencer continues “Frustration’s the word here I think. Everything felt good, car was hooked up and with lap times improving having studied data all morning I had a P7/8 in me. P11th isn’t ideal, but I’m confident for Race1”. With the cars completing the formation lap and taking their grid positions all eyes were on the light. One thing that consistently stands out this year is Andy’s epic starts, and once again he performed as he moved up to P9 instantly. Before soon conquering additional places and fighting in the 4 way battle for 5th. As the sprint race continued so did Andy progress, as he continued to chip away improving lap after lap on his charge. With the train of GT4 SuperCup’s all tightly packed together, nothing in it and the chequered flag insight, the slightest of power slides sent Andy just that bit too wide opening the door and having to settle for P11 as the chequered flag dropped.
Spencer continues “What can I say. Yes I had a power slide and drifted just that inch to wide and dropped back as a result. But do you know, overall I feel better, I’m seeing and feeling that extra bit here and there starting to come through”. Race2 of the day was almost a mirror of Race1, but it was Race3 where it finally came together allowing Andy the opportunity to demonstrate his skills. P10 on the grid, Race3 was to prove itself a real dog fight from the start, where we were all in for a good show as Miracco, Rattican and Reade took each other out causing mayhem. With his electric start’s Andy was up to P6 and within the same lap moved up to P5 where he fought off the pressure lap after lap defending he entitled position. Race3 definitely had everyone on their feet as the Rosland car made series ground on the leading group ahead. Only sadly it wasn’t to be Andy’s day for P5, as with one lap to go and spectators unaware of the handling issues Andy was fighting, he crossed the line P8. An outstanding achievement and well deserved result.
Spencer continues “Gutted, really really gutted. The start of the race was carnage and I’d already pictured where the leading pack would go off, if they did. Which they did. Picking my way through the utter bedlam I had no real idea what position I was in until I saw the leaders up-front, but I was far too busy defending. I seriously can’t believe the final result from P5 to P8, I’m just gutted. I had one lap to go when all of a sudden a strange handling issue occurred and I couldn’t maintain things. When will my luck finally change”.