Senna shines in testing conditions at Oulton Park
In a re-arranged and condensed British Touring Cars Championship (BTCC) Senna Proctor’s latest race meeting was recently held at the Oulton Park race circuit in Cheshire.
The weather conditions came into play for the drivers and teams to contend with, but Proctor can be more than satisfied with his successful points haul from the weekend.
Oulton Park is a narrow track and with overtaking opportunities notoriously limited it is vital that a good qualifying session is part of the race weekend.
During the 30 minute qualifying Proctor was able to get his Hyundai i30N Fastback up as high as sixth place, but no less than four fast laps were removed due to it being deemed that he’d exceeded track limits.
With only two minutes still remaining in the session Proctor was able to salvage his weekend’s hopes with a respectable 13th fastest time, and a place on the 27 car strong grid, to be able to aim for points finishes.
On the Sunday and for the three BTCC races planned there were dark and threatening clouds overhead but for the first race all of the cars were sent to the grid on their slick Goodyear tyres.
After a delay following a car going off on the formation lap the heavens opened and all the teams quickly scrambled to swap to full wet tyres.
Race two was also a wet race and Proctor was able to score points in both races with 10th and 11th places.
The 22-year-old racer from Rudston was also able to evade any significant damage to the car on a day when others were not so fortunate.
For the final race of the day the rain had abated and running on slick tyres and without additional ballast the number 18 Excelr8 Motorsport car of Proctor looked very rapid and a highly competitive package.
With five laps remaining Proctor was running sixth and right on the tail of former team mate Tom Chilton in his new FK8 Honda Civic.
With Proctor cranking up the pressure on Chilton and looking to make his move the race was ended with a red flag after a three car accident and extensive damage to the barriers and tyre stacks.
Proctor said: “Thank goodness I was able to grab a reasonably quick qualifying lap at the very end of the session.
“I had to just hold back just a little bit to make sure that I didn’t exceed track limits and that slightly compromised my lap time and grid place.
“However, I was able to race from 13th and I’m delighted with another three points scoring finishes.
He added “We now go to Knockhill and with no serious damage to the car.
“We’ve also accrued some more set-up data for both wet and dry running and this should assist with preparations for the unique track that is Knockhill, it’s absolutely one of my favourite circuits.”
The next race meeting will be televised live on ITV2. The testing Scottish circuit is a unique challenge in the BTCC season and always results in exciting races.