OLI Basey-Fisher earned the third top five finish of his maiden car racing season at Oulton Park Island Circuit last weekend, to maintain ninth place in the Ginetta Junior Championship standings.
The winner of the Silverstone Ginetta Junior Scholarship made a good start to qualifying on Saturday to steer his Tollbar Racing with WIRED car to the eighth best time.
Round seven on Saturday afternoon started well for the Woodbridge School pupil, maintaining eighth position early on, before moving into seventh at the beginning of lap three.
Smartly avoiding the spinning car of Harry Woodhead at the hairpin on lap six to gain yet another place, Basey-Fisher then moved up into fifth, second in the Rookie class.
After another single lap Safety Car period on the ninth tour, racing resumed for two more laps and Basey-Fisher ran in close company in the fight for the final podium position. At the finish he was just 0.7 seconds shy of third.
“Race one was good, fifth place was a decent result and we’ve learnt a lot again this weekend which is what this year is all about”, said the 16-year-old.
Unfortunately for the Suffolk teenager, round eight on Sunday wasn’t as fruitful when a broken alternator seriously restricted his straight-line speed. Suffering a major lack of power, everything the Century Logistics-backed ace gained in the braking zones he lost under acceleration.
Despite his mixed fortunes over the weekend, Basey-Fisher is delighted with the way his debut car racing season has gone so far and was keen to acknowledge the support of his grandmother who instilled the racing bug in the teenager in the first place.
“Unfortunately my gran isn’t very well at the moment so I want her to know how important she is to me and my racing”, he added.
“She was the one who got me started in karting, my parents weren’t that interested at first so the fact we’re here in Ginetta Junior now is all down to her. Hopefully I can make her proud.”
The fifth race meeting of the rookie season, rounds nine and 10, will take place at Croft Circuit, near Darlington in North Yorkshire, over the weekend of June 23.