With an action packed weekend in North Yorkshire, the famous twists and turns of Croft provided its usual high octane excitement. Having never race at Croft before, Andy soon acclimatised himself during Friday’s two free practice sessions, setting his quickest time at the end of the day. With balance and tyre management a key topic, Saturdays qualifying soon got under way, which saw Andy line up P10 for the first of the 3 Championship rounds. A solid result for the first time out.
Spencer continues-“I’ve never raced here before and I love it. Where I thought I’d be slow and finding myself and the limits in the quicker sections, I was actually okay with. It was a real reverse, as the sections I thought I’d be okay with just needed a little more dialling into. Sounds backwards, but it’s not”.
Once again Andy was straight on the pace with his trade mark blistering starts as the field thundered into turn one, through the chicane, before heading out to the quicker sections at the back of the circuit. Quickly easing into his rhythm, this 10 lap battle continued non-stop as Marshall, Spencer and Melrose fought like gladiators until the very end. Seeing Andy set his fastest lap-1:23.5 on the final lap itself as he crossed the line to claim a fantastic 9th position. Lining up P9 on the grid for Rounds 16 didn’t go according to plan. Unfortunately tapped on the rear by Henry Dawes was just enough to spin Andy round as the pack entered the Hairpin. With quick reaction Andy’s mind turned to keeping the car straight whilst going backwards down the main straight and avoiding contact. Spencer continues-“ I just felt this tap on the rear and felt the car go right round and there was nothing I could do about it”. Dropping from P8 as a result of the impact, Andy ploughed on to finish P12.
The final race of the day always seems to bring more action and for Seb Melrose along with Pro-Am Driver Colin White it certainly did. A lost wheel for White and complete N/S damage for Melrose put them both out the race. Avoiding the incident and in his own battle, Andy pushed on dicing with Blake Angliss in the sister Rosland Gold Racing GT4 SuperCup, where upon the pair traded places and battled close once the safety car had pulled off. Following the clean-up of both Whites and Melrose’s issues both Rosland cars crossed the line 9th and 10th receptively.
As we leave Croft with our sights firmly fixed on Donington Park and Brands Hatch, Andy maintains his 10thplace position in the Drivers’ Championship.