UPWELL: Giddings in the points at Thruxton
UPWELL-BASED racing driver Jake Giddings (14) continued his good start to the Junior Ginetta Championship by securing two points scoring results at Thruxton circuit in Hampshire, the fastest track on the British Touring Car Support calendar. After proble
UPWELL-BASED racing driver Jake Giddings (14) continued his good start to the Junior Ginetta Championship by securing two points scoring results at Thruxton circuit in Hampshire, the fastest track on the British Touring Car Support calendar.
After problems in qualifying with the set-up on his car Giddings would line up 21ST for race one and 22nd for race two. The FML team worked late into the night to increase the performance of the car and the talented youngster didn`t disappoint with two solid results belying his complete lack of experience against drivers that are competing in their second year of competition. In fact this is Giddings first year of driving any kind of four wheel machinery after missing out on a karting background which gives his rivals a six year headstart as many of them started racing at the age of 8 years old.
Race one took place on Saturday afternoon and Giddings made a lightning start to make up three places off the line. Finishing the end of lap one Giddings had made another place to cross the line in 17th position. For the rest of the nine lap race Giddings kept focused and brought his car home in one piece to score further points in the championship.
Race two was on the British Touring Car mainstage raceday and in front of 20,000 spectators Giddings raced hard with Adam Bonham to finish the race in 18th place. Under constant pressure throughout Giddings did well to hold off Bonham and yet again score points towards his championship score.
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"Like all of the circuits for this season this was my first time driving on this track and with an average speed of 88 MPH for the lap it isn`t one for the faint hearted. I was pleased to score two points scoring finishes and gain some more track driving experience which is crucial for my development as a racing driver" said Giddings.
Jake would like to thank the following sponsors for their valued support this year; Finesse Paving & Civil Engineering, Cowley Road Garage, FML, Carl Breeze & all his family & friends.
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Any local companies interested in supporting Jake for 2009 & receiving a proposal outlining his plans & partnership opportunites/benefits please contact him on 01945 772132 or email email@example.com