18th Jan, 2019

Bromsgrove racer James Cater disappointed with Croft Circuit performance

BROMSGROVE racer James Cater was left disappointed after failing to pick up positive results at Croft Circuit in the latest round of the Ravenol Formula Vee Championship.

The promise of a dry race weekend did not happen as conditions ranged from scorching sunshine to thunderstorms at the circuit based near Dalton-on-Tees in Yorkshire.

With oil on the track in qualifying, Cater suffered a spin on his fastest lap which left him in 17th and 16th place respectively for the races.

After making a fast start in the first race, Cater aimed to stay safe and out of trouble and after the first corner he had taken the Class B lead in his RTV Sheane.

However, rival Mark Egan cut back hard across the track at Hawthorn Bend which saw his rear wheel smash into Cater’s front tyre hard enough to snap the steering joint and rip off the front beam.

This resulted in a third DNF of the season for the Bromsgrove racer.

With huge problems to the camber and toe of the front wheels, changes had to be made to the opposite side of the car to try and compensate.

But from the start of the second race, it was obvious the handling was severely affected as Cater dropped down the order.

Things then went from bad to worse as Cater was involved in a 130mph spin after putting his rear tyre off the tarmac on the exit of Barcroft.

In the end he finished fifth in class and 17th overall.

“I was feeling confident before the weekend started because we had a good set-up and good engine but it’s a shame I picked up a third DNF of the season,” Cater said.

“I was expecting a lot more from Croft asĀ it is one of my favourite circuits because of the beautiful scenery and fast turns.

“Next time out I have to get some points on the board.

“It is not good to have claimed no points from three races at this stage of the season.”

Cater is next in action at Trac Mon in Anglesey on July 8 and 9.

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