Oli recovers from spin to collect more points

TOP TEN FINISH: Oli Basey-Fisher in action on the track at Croft
TOP TEN FINISH: Oli Basey-Fisher in action on the track at Croft

TOLLBAR Racing’s Oli Basey-Fisher secured his sixth top 10 finish of the Ginetta Junior Championship season at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire on Sunday.

But the Great Finborough race ace rued what might have been after being punted out of sixth place in the first of the weekend’s two races.

Signalling the end of the first half of his debut year in car racing, the Suffolk driver – who celebrated his 17th birthday last week – is ninth in the championship standings with 10 races remaining and is just 21 points shy of the coveted top six.

Croft was not the most straightforward of weekends as the Silverstone Ginetta Junior Scholarship Winner had several issues to contend with, not least a lack of straight-line speed which compromised his competitiveness in both races.

Starting both of the weekend’s races from eighth on the grid, at the beginning of round nine, Basey-Fisher made a fantastic getaway and threaded his way neatly through the first turn, to challenge for fifth position.

Holding sixth on the exit, he looked to have everything in control despite being under significant pressure, before a botched attempt at a late pass by Keith Donegan resulted in the Tollbar Ginetta G40 being pushed into a spin.

However, Basey-Fisher managed to recover onto the circuit and although he lost roughly a minute in the process, was able to finish in 11th place to collect some valuable points.

In round 10, the youngster was shuffled back to ninth through the first sequence of corners and then down to 10th place on an opening lap which proved to be fairly robust.

On lap six, he was able to move up into eighth place following a collision between two cars just ahead and that’s where he remained to the finish – fourth in the Rookie Class.

There is now a lengthy seven week break from action with the Ginetta Junior season set to resume over the weekend of August 11-12 at the Snetterton 300 Circuit.