Martin pleased with Silverstone weekend

Postad av Mediaempire 2010-08-22 22:49

Martin Öhlin did well in his first outing in Carrera Cup UK this weekend when he competed in the two races at Silverstone. On Saturday Martin qualified 13th overall for the first race and 12th overall for the second race which translated into fifth in the ProAm1 class for both races.

In the first race, Martin was able to pass four or five cars in the start and was up to eighth overall and a class podium after the first lap. Unfortunately, his race was cut short when Robbie Kerr spun in front of Martin and the two got together resulting in a damaged radiator and a DNF  for Martin.
– We just have to forget this and focus on the next race, Martin said afterwards. I got a great start and it was looking really good when Robbie Kerr spun in front of me. Unfortunately I had nowhere to go and the race was over for me, but we’ll be back for the second race.

And Martin Öhlin definitely was. He got another good start, this time from the 12th, and passed a couple of cars straight away. At the end of the first lap he was 9th overall and third in his class and was racing for a podium finish. Unfortunately he had to back down a couple of laps later and lost a spot. Across the finish line he was fourth in his class and 10th overall.
– There was a bit of a misunderstanding and I was a bit too nice, Martin thought. I didn’t realize that the guy behind was in the same class as me until it was too late and I let him by a little too easily when he overtook me. After that I followed him for the rest of the race but never got the opportunity to take back position. I’m happy anyway, we were on pace and  were fighting for podium finishes in the class in the both races.

Martin also reckons that the experience from racing in the British Carrera Cup championship is something that will be useful for the rest of the season at home in Sweden.
– Above all, this was a very fun weekend and a good experience. It was my first time racing at Silverstone and it will be useful for when we get to Mantorp. The competition at the top is a little harder here but we were on pace all weekend despite the fact that the circuit was new for me, and all in all it’s been a very fun weekend, said Martin.

Full results from the races at Silverstone can be found here.