Oli can handle the wet in tidy finish

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GREAT Finborough racing ace Oli Basey-Fisher secured a pair of valuable points finishes on his first visit to the fastest circuit on the series calendar, Thruxton in Hampshire, over the weekend.

Persistent rain and blustery conditions provided a stern test of the 16-year-old’s handling ability, having never driver his Ginetta G40 in the wet before, but in the third event of his maiden racing car season he secured two 11th-placed finishes.

“It’s been the most difficult weekend so far but we scored points in both races so I’m happy enough with that,” said the Century Logistics-backed driver.

Round five on Saturday on a drying track saw him line up 11th on the grid and have a good opening lap, climbing into the top 10, before eventually having to settle for 11th, and sixth in the Rookie classification.

With heavy rain saturating the 2.36-mile circuit overnight, and no let up throughout Sunday, round six was under safety car conditions so racing proper didn’t get under way until lap three.

The Great Finborough racer again moved into the top 10 early on and held the spot until the start of the fifth tour when erstwhile championship leader Sennan Fielding made his way by.

Holding 11th place to the flag, the Tollbar Racing with WIRED driver lapped well clear of round five challenger Jackson to claim an improved top five rookie finish.

Basey-Fisher now has a six-week break from racing with the fourth event of the Ginetta Junior Championship season, rounds seven and eight, taking place over the weekend of June 9/10 at the picturesque Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire.