Ashley Marshall’s latest race weekend saw a mixture of ups and downs, as he showed good pace and overtaking manoeuvres but was hit by bad luck.
In qualifying at Oulton Park in the latest round of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, he was 17th after his fastest time was disallowed due to exceeding track limits.
The 21-year-old said: “I was on a run to set my personal best lap time later on in qualifying but I had to abort the lap due to slower cars ahead of me holding me up.
“I was quite disappointed with qualifying as I knew that there was more pace in me and the car and left frustrated that there were no blue flags shown for the slower cars to let me pass, but I guess I just need to accept that and learn from it in the future.”
The Bempton racer got off to a bad start in race one and dropped a place, but after a couple of laps he settled down and fought back up to 15th with three good overtakes,
A small error on the penultimate corner on the last lap, saw him run wide and crash, but he was able to get back going and complete the race in 20th.
Race two started very differently and he was able to make up six places on the first two corners.
However, a shunt involving three cars brought out the safety car.
“I was alongside another car hoping to make up another place to move my up to 13th but had to back out of the move to avoid a drive through penalty,” said Marshall.
“I had to accept 14th place but I was confident going into the final race, knowing that we had the pace to aim for the top 10.”
He was all set to claim that top 10 spot in race three, having battled his way up the field, until he made the same mistake as in race one, and on the same corner on the final lap ran wide at the famous Druids corner and dropped to 13th.
Marshall added: “Oulton Park is a very difficult track to overtake on so you really need to get your elbows out and be aggressive if you want to get anywhere. I enjoyed the close battling and I know that I can hold my own against the more experienced drivers.
“Naturally I feel disappointed that I could have finished higher in races one and three but overall over the weekend I can take away with me much more experienced with my race craft and move on to Silverstone in two weeks time hoping to make another big step again.