Round 11, Snetterton
A perfect qualifying lap is only one half of winning the race. Until this season, Mike Bushell has always struggled to capitalise on this qualifying times with poor starts hampering his form. At last, he seems to have got his eye in and is no longer left behind on the grid.
Lee Pattison did his utmost to take the lead but could not quite pass the Team Pyro car, even losing a place to Daniel Rowbottom in the first lap having committed a little too hard. Daniel Rowbottom being in place to take second was the result of a superb start. After starting in eighth, he stormed through the pack to be on Lee Pattison’s tail by the first corner.
After several laps of close racing, Lee Pattison was finally able to regain second place but during that time Mike Bushell pulled out a comfortable lead that he simply could not pull back.
Paul Rivett, Lee Pattison’s closest championship rival, was able to move from seventh to fifth and gain valuable points in his hunt for the title.
Lucas Orrock, Mike Bushell’s new team mate following his move from Jamsport to Pyro just before the summer break, managed his best result of the season with a creditable fourth place. His early bad luck this season, which includes writing off the car Ant Whorton-Eales drove to victory last year in a racing incident, seems to have been banished with his team change. Hopefully he will soon get his teeth into it and we will see more from him in the coming races.
Max Coates, who drove for Support our Paras Racing in the BTCC in 2015, found himself pushed from fifth to seventh. Fourth in the championship, he has a lot of work to do if he wants to be in with a chance of the title this year.
Overall, we saw superb racing all round from a very talented grid. Mike Bushell has a good lead at the moment, but he still has work to do if he wants to be sure of keeping it.
I would also like to say happy birthday to twelfth place finisher Nathan Harrison, who celebrated his twenty-first birthday entertaining us all on track.