It was another challenging weekend for Halfords Racing with Cataclean at Silverstone as the team earnt three top-10 finishes.
The showdown format of qualifying returned for the second time this season, and Dan made a blistering start as he set the fastest time in the first qualifying session. However, this time was later removed for breaching track limits and Dan finished the session fourth, with Gordon narrowly missing out on the top 10 by only 1/10th of a second.
Dan finished the top-10 showdown in 7th after struggling to find clear air.
Both drivers started the first race well and Gordon made good progress through the field on the first lap before an accident forced him out of the race.
Dan fared better as he earnt the team’s first points of the day with a solid 8th place finish.
The second race followed a similar pattern, with Gordon finishing 19th after he initially made good progress before being forced off the road.
Earning his second top-10 finish of the day, Dan pulled together an impressive performance to come home 6th.
For the final race, Dan was drawn sixth on the reverse grid but struggled against the faster rear-wheel drive cars. He fought to a solid 9th position while Gordon finished 21st after working his way from the back of the grid.
Reactions from the drivers
Dan Rowbottom: “If you look at how tight it is around here, you can basically throw a blanket over the entire field. I have to be happy with those results and scoring a good haul of Championship points, but I am always pushing myself to do better. Once you are in the train it is very difficult to overtake and we have been struggling with power all weekend, so that hampers you even further. But we now go to two strong circuits for us in Donington Park and Brands Hatch, so I’ll be looking to build on those points again. I’m also chuffed to have come away with the Jack Sears Trophy and to increase my lead in the Championship.”
Gordon Shedden: “Well, what can I say, just not my weekend! I’ve yet again got involved in incidents that were unnecessary that have limited my progress. But you have to put into perspective here that 3/10ths of a second, the blink of an eye, would have made the difference in qualifying from me being on pole from 14th, so it just shows you how competitive it is. I’m off on holiday for a week now, so I’ll relax, reflect, and come back fighting for Donington Park.”