Weather proves the toughest challenge at Oulton Park

GREASLEY racing driver Chris Swanwick had to endure contrasting weather conditions in the latest rounds of the Air Asia Clio Cup at Oulton Park last weekend.

The 17-year-old was lying in tenth place after the first six rounds, in what is his first season competing on the Clio Cup stage.

He qualified in 13th spot and in Saturday’s race was able to defy temperatures inside his car of nearly 40 degrees to hold his position to the finish line, as was the case with the majority of drivers in a pedestrian-paced race.

Sunday’s race would see teams having to make key decisions with regard to tyres, as in between heavy downpours of rain the sun shone to begin drying the track before the rain would come once more.

Swanwick avoided an incident-packed first corner to jump into ninth spot at the start, before the rain came and left those on the wrong tyres dropping back.

But having progressed up to seventh spot going into the final lap, Swanwick was in a line of eight cars all battling for third position.

As he entered Lodge Corner he divied down the inside but misjudged his overtaking manoeuvre and after sliding sideways he lost three places to ultimately cross the finish line in tenth spot.

Despite the results, Swanwick rose to ninth in the table and his next races, which as usual will act as support for the British Touring Car Championship, will be at Croft Circuit on the weekend of June 18 and 19.