Tappy back on podium at wet Croft
Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
Duncan Tappy hit a steep learning curve at Croft today when he had his first experience of a full wet race. The experience held him in good stead for Race Two when he tackled the slippery track and stepped on the podium in third.
Saturday’s Qualifying was in the dry, when Tappy set times to put him third on the grid for both races. He showed his strong form by setting times close to team-mate Donnelly in second – less than three-hundreths of a second behind for Race Two and for both races over three-tenths ahead of the next driver.
The first race brought full wet conditions. After a strong start, Duncan was pushing for the first half of the race, taking second place. “I got a good start and managed to overtake Joe (D’Agostino) into ‘Sunny In’ to get into second which was good.
“I was in third after Rob Sunderland got passed us, with Joe behind me challenging, when I locked up in the wet at ‘Tower’. It was much harder than I expected to drive in the wet because I was good in the wet in karting. It’s much easier to lock up and crucial on gear down-changes. I’ve not really had any testing in conditions like this so it was good to recover and pick up ten points”.
Race Two was still wet but with a drying track. Duncan was better prepared this time for the conditions and again took a good start. Taking the first part of the race to settle in his third place, he gradually pushed but didn’t have the experience to keep with the pace of team-mate Donnelly and D’Agostino ahead. With steadily improving times on the greasy track, he held position easily to take third.
“It’s good to be back on the podium – where I should have been at Oulton. I’d like to thank Hare Construction and McGee for supporting me at Croft and hope that the experience I’m getting is going to lead to more podiums. Knockhill is next and it’s one of the circuits I’ve never tested or raced at, so it’s going to be another challenge and I’m looking forward to it.