Silverstone International Race Report

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A fuel and oil leak hampered qualifying on a sunny morning in the Formula One pit garages at Silverstone.

The fuel leak was easily fixed, but with time a factor before the first race, we had to try something more temporary to fix the oil leak.

Starting from 19th place on the grid, James made a great start but soon the oil leak returned and reached the clutch, and with that slipping James had to drop back to make sure the high revs didn’t blow the engine.

Despite this he still tried to make the speed back through the corners, and after a heated battle with Martin Snarey he just lost 6th in Class B by a tenth of a second, bringing the car back safely in 22nd overall out of the 35 car grid.

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Graham Gant won in the WEV, with Ben Miloudi unable to capitalise on his pole position, leaving James Harridge struggling for straight line speed in 3rd. Harridge also took the B class win, followed by a limping Jack Wilkinson (who never made the second race), and Andrew Cooper picked up 3rd for AHS.

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Glenn had the engine out overnight with the help of several other Vee drivers (special thanks to James Harridge and Jake Hockley) and replaced a blown oil seal and the clutch, and James made the grid to start from 21st place for race two.

He made up some more places on the start but lost touch with the group ahead after Ian Rae spun in front of him at Abbey Curve.

As he chased to draw the pack back in, the current B class leader Jamie Harrison caught him on the final lap of the race.

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After swapping places a few times with both drivers having some brave lunges, Harrison snuck past with 3 corners to go and James was unable to retake the place over the finish line, this time missing 3rd in class by a tenth of a second and finishing 19th overall.

This time Ben Miloudi did take the win, pushing Gant back to second with Adam Macaulay just over a second behind. Harridge was snapping at Macaulays heels to take the B class win ahead of Andrew Cooper.

It was a good weekend overall, despite the ups and downs, with several very fast and experienced competitors coming back to the championship such as Daniel Hands. And with top racing stars like Johnny Herbert and Tiff Needell praising Formula Vee recently the series looks to be getting stronger by the race.

Racing Team Vee will be out next at Rockingham Speedway on 9th September for the penultimate round of the UK championship, representing sponsors JooVuu and Primrose Hospice.

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