JAMES CATER has expressed his delight after he secured a Class B podium place finish in the final round of this year’s Ravenol Formula Vee Championship.
The Standard reported last month the Bromsgrove racer wanted to end the season with a trophy at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk, and he did exactly that as he finished third in class with his RTV Sheane in the first of his two races and tenth overall.
He then finished fifth in class in the subsequent race and 18th overall.
Cater ends the campaign sixth in the Class B championship standings with 153 points, something which he feels he can improve upon in the next campaign.
“Snetterton was a spot on weekend. I still keep having thoughts about finishing third – it was just a brilliant weekend,” he said.
“Considering we had a completely new engine and had to knock the power back to make it reliable, the results were great.
“I’m absolutely delighted with my championship ranking because there’s been some tough opposition this year but it will be even tougher next year if the field stays the same.
“We’ve been a little bit unlucky this season with mechanical issues and I’ve made a few mistakes which have come from slips of concentration so that’s something I will look to improve on next season.
“Next year we should be able to boost the power of the engine and now that I know I can finish on the podium, I’ll hope to be in the top three in class each race and hopefully in the top ten overall.”
After a disastrous performance at Silverstone last month, the new-look RTV Sheane had a limited qualifying session at Snetterton due to a red flag stopping the proceedings, meaning Cater placed 22nd and 21st respectively for his two races.
Following a great start in race one, Cater moved high up the grid to the back of a large pack, featuring higher spec Class A cars, fighting for the final trophy place.
As he fought his way through to the front, he was able to hold off the assault, pulling away with two laps to go when several of the chasing pack fell victim to an oil spill from damaged competitor on the infield of the circuit.
Despite another hard fight in the second race, Cater fell back from the main battle with the engine losing power.
Although the regular season has now ended, Cater will be out one more time at the end of October for the Formula Vee Festival at Brands Hatch, where there will be three races against competitors from the Irish championship.