GREASLEY racing driver Chris Swanwick endured a frustrating weekend in rounds nine and ten of the Air Asia Clio Cup at Croft in North Yorkshire.
The 17-year-old Eastwood Comprehensive School student, who up to last week was lying ninth in the championship - one of the support races and the main breeding ground for the British Touring Car Championship - qualified for the race on Saturday in P3 and P2 on Sunday in front of a crowd of an estimated 25,000 people as well as a TV audience on ITV4 - his best qualifying of the present season.
Saturday’s race was in changeable weather and after a good start Swanwick was undone when the race was red-flagged due to an incident elsewhere in the field, and as the cars sat on the grid waiting to re-start, a marshal spotted oil dripping from second-placed Swanwick’s car and he was forced to withdraw for safety reasons.
Sunday was not much better, as despite starting on the front row and holding his position for several laps, some slight wheel to wheel contact damaged his steering and he ultimately had to retire when his drive shaft collapsed.
A despondent Chris said: “I can’t believe it. I qualified 12th and 13th at Donington and took a handful of points away from the meeting, this weekend I qualified second and third and come away with nothing.
“I was struggling today (Sunday) but yesterday if they hadn’t red flagged the race I was on for a certain second, I just don’t seem to have any luck at all.”
However, despite his unlucky weekend, his potential has been spotted and Swanwick is now in talks with a Touring Car team regarding a drive for next year, providing he can raise the necessary budget.