TROPHY FOR PROMOTASPORT’S CLAYSON & JOHNSTON IN DEBUT CIRCUIT RACE AT SILVERSTONE’S CLASSIC SPORTS C
Circuit novices Edward Clayson (Caldecote, Cambs) and Pete Johnston (Barley, Herts) took home a trophy from their inaugural race at the Classic Sports Car Club ‘Tin Tops’ Series at Silverstone on Saturday 1st August. Supported by the Hertfordshire-based race preparation team PromotaSPORT, the 1981 Alfa Romeo Alfasud went on to win 3rd in Class (under 2.0 Litres) and 21st place overall.
[UKPRwire, Wed Aug 05 2009] Circuit novices Edward Clayson (Caldecote, Cambs) and Pete Johnston (Barley, Herts) took home a trophy from their inaugural race at the Classic Sports Car Club ‘Tin Tops’ Series at Silverstone on Saturday 1st August. Supported by the Hertfordshire-based race preparation team PromotaSPORT, the 1981 Alfa Romeo Alfasud went on to win 3rd in Class (under 2.0 Litres) and 21st place overall.
In treacherously wet conditions, Clayson (sponsored by www.expedeon.com) started the session and completed his three required laps in the Alfasud 1700cc before handing over to PromotaSPORT Ltd. director, Johnston for the second half of the session. The track condition was improving and by the end of qualifying the PromotaSPORT crew had managed a respectable 27th on the grid of 36 cars, many of which were far more modern than the very standard specification Alfasud.
The weather was unrelenting and Clayson, who until now was competing in the Gurston Downs Hill Climb Championship with the Alfasud, began his first circuit race in heavy rain. The lights went out and Clayson made a fantastic start, gaining ten places before the first corner. A brave stint followed, and despite an incident causing him to fall back to 30th place by the pit stop window, the crew were still in contention for a good finish. A rapid driver change from the PromotaSPORT pit crew, and Johnston, former stage rally champion, took the wheel to complete the remainder of the 40 minute race. Despite a break in the showers, the surface on the track was very greasy and Johnston worked hard to keep the car on the circuit. A controlled drive to the flag followed and by the end of the race the crew were 21st overall and 3rd in the under 2.0 litre class.
After the race, Johnston said: “It was so slippery, you had to concentrate extremely hard to stay on the circuit, and I was determined not to put a scratch on Ed’s Car! I’m pleased we got a finish and a trophy for 3rd in class was an un-expected bonus. Ed drove brilliantly and thoroughly deserves it”
Edward added, “Wow, I can’t believe we got a trophy in our first race! We will have to make the car faster and go for a class win next time!”
A full Race Report from the CSCC Tin Tops Series at Silverstone, written by PromotaSPORT managing director, Pete Johnston, is submitted with this press release. All PromotaSPORT images from this weekend’s race can be found online at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/promotasport/
Hertfordshire-based PromotaSPORT team, provide motorsport preparation, fabrication and race management for several Race Teams and individual customers, the most prominent team being Ecurie GT for whom they manage two 1973 Abarth Osella PA1 prototype sports cars, two 1963 FIA Mk1 Lotus Cortinas and are currently restoring a 1981 Formula 3 car. Also in the PromotaSPORT stable includes three Caterham 7s, a Class F Alfasud and a rally prepared mk2 Escort.
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