Exciting young Motorbase Driver Academy kart racer Bryn Calder produced a series of strong performances at an extremely hot and competitive Little Rissington over the weekend, 16th/17th July, during round four of the DRS100 Daniel Ricciardo Series.
Qualifying fourth fastest, in Heat One the 14-year-old enjoyed some great battles at the Gloucestershire track and ultimately took the chequered flag in third place. Post-race, though, a two place penalty was applied as a result of unfortunate contact with another driver.
Determined to hit back in the Pre-Final, Calder lined-up fifth at the start and made the most of his strong pace by climbing into the top four. Poised for another podium challenge, he managed to achieve it by taking third place after more fantastic racing.
In the Grand Final, he started eighth – grid slots determined from the amount of points accumulated over the course of the day – and again delivered impressive pace. Fighting hard throughout, Calder finished the race in sixth position.
At Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire, Matt Wilson continued his TCR UK Championship campaign with the JWB Motorsport squad and started off strongly with a competitive 11th fastest time in qualifying – just half a second shy of pole position at the wheel of his Cupra Leon.
Ending the opening 16 lap contest 10th, the Motorbase Driver Academy racer went on to start race two from pole on the ‘reverse grid’. Unfortunately slipping back to fifth on the first lap, he eventually ended the race in ninth but time penalties for a couple of rivals elevated him back up into seventh. Wilson concluded the event 14th in the driver standings and ninth in the Tom Walker Trophy.
Pete Osborne – Motorbase Performance Team Owner and Team Principal:
“While we’ve got a break from racing with the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship package at the moment, there’s still plenty of other racing ongoing and it was great to see both Bryn and Matt back out at the weekend in DRS karting and TCR UK. Bryn was very pleased with his weekend’s work at Little Rissington, and so he should be with three strong race results.
“Matt showed good pace in TCR UK qualifying up at Oulton Park, within half a second of pole was a strong performance, and it’s just a shame the races didn’t work out more. He’ll be back fighting hard though at Castle Combe next month.”