|Posted by Amanda Whitaker on April 18, 2010 at 9:15 PM|
Amanda Whitaker was once again on the top step of the podium this weekend at Croft, taking 3 wins and a third out of 4 races.
Driving Amaron Racing’s rebuilt Elden Mark 8, in its second outing since its huge accident at Mallory Park last year, Amanda took a class win on Saturday’s URS Classic Formula Ford 1600 race, although she was unlucky not to have won outright having started from Pole Position. She had defended well from Andrew Smith, but then was forced off track by Paul Walton during a dice for the lead and had to fight back to 3rd overall & Class B victory.
She redressed matters on Sunday, after once again starting from Pole Position she took the lead & initially fought off close attention from Walton and then got into her stride, pulling over a second a lap gap from her pursuers. The race was red flag after 9 minutes due to an incident that left two cars stranded on the circuit. At the restarted race she again took up the lead, easing a gap of nearly 5 seconds to Steve Pearce and took another Class B win, the outright race victory and fastest lap.
“I was disappointed on Saturday, but today we changed some settings and I could comfortably lead once I found the groove so I’m really happy. It feels good to win again in this car, coming on the back of our 3rd place at Cadwell Park last weekend – we don’t intend to race it all year because it is for sale, but we wanted to prove it’s back to original form after the accident”.
Amanda had a busy weekend as she was also driving her TIGA Formula Ford in the URS Classic FF2000 races. Amaron Racing did well to get the car together for the race after suffering a blown engine at Cadwell Park last weekend. However, the replacement engine was well down on power having been purchased for only £30 in the week leading up to the event!
“We had to treat the races like an extended test session, as the engine wasn’t built for racing and it was well down on power, but it was useful to get some more mileage in the car & work on some setup as it’s still new to us” she said. Amanda qualified on the back row for both races, but actually managed to win her class on the Saturday after making a great start and outracing her rivals in a race of attrition. She also finished 3rd in class in Sunday’s event.
She next races at Cadwell Park in 3 weeks time in both Classic Formula Ford 1600 & 2000.