Podium at Oulton Park!
Ayrton Simmons scores another podium and more points than any other driver. Ayrton was second, fourth and seventh in the three races as he climbed to second place in the championship standings, and was the highest scoring driver for the second successive event. Ayrtons’ qualifying was affected by a wiring loom issue that restricted his running, but he still secured third and seventh on the grid for the first two races.
He finished second in the first race of the weekend after challenging Luke Browning for the position throughout the race. Ayrton was tucked under Browning’s rear wing for the duration, but his opponent was disqualified from the event afterwards due to a technical infringement, promoting the CDR driver to second behind championship leader Zak O’Sullivan.
For a brief moment, Ayrton had another podium in Sunday’s race two, after initially being classified third in a crazy contest that saw several drivers crash out. Ayrton showed his experience and race craft to stand on the podium after a red flag stopped the race early. But a timekeeping problem meant the result was incorrectly declared, and the re-issued result meant he was classified fourth.
Then in an extremely wet final race of the weekend, the British driver climbed from 14th on the grid to finish seventh, and in doing so climbed into second in the championship standings heading to the final rounds at Donington in October.
Team Principal Chris Dittmann: “That was another really strong performance from us at Oulton Park, and it could have been even better were it not for Ayrton’s qualifying issue. He lost out on a couple of laps, so to take third and seventh on the grid for the first two races was excellent. As ever, he converted those into a set of really strong results, and the momentum is with him now as we aim to finish as high up in the championship as possible. We’ve top-scored in the last two events, if we do that again he will wrap up P2 in the standings.”
Ayrton: “I’m very happy with the weekend, and we were a bit unlucky at times as well, especially in qualifying as we missed a large chunk of the session. We recovered very well to scavenge whatever we could with P3 and a P7 on the grid, and from there it was all about scoring as many points as possible. Obviously ending up P2 in race one was very good, and then in race two we finished P3 on the road but that turned out to be P4 from P7, but again that was great with a load of points. Then in the last one I went from P14 to P7 and again scored lots of points, not just race points but also overtaking points for that one, so overall it’s been great. After qualifying we weren’t sure how things were going to turn out, we thought we might be looking at an ok weekend, but it turned out to be a very high scoring one. So I’m very pleased and looking forward to the last rounds at Donington.”