With all three Falcon drivers out for the official test on Friday, it was a matter of catching up for Lassi and Nikita having missed the test earlier in the month. The circuit was still very damp for first qualifying so the team elected to gamble on wet tyres. Early times suggested it was the right choice, however as the session neared the end the times of slick shod cars improved and demoted the Falcon drivers to 5th, 6th and 7th. For second qualifying all cars were on slicks and Liam was able to improve to fourth. Lassi and Nikita were still finding the limits and came in 8th and 9th. Race one was dry again and it was Liam who would shine fighting his way past Cameron Twynham and chasing after Jack Aitken. Close to the end Aitken would make a mistake and spin giving Liam second, although by now he was under increasing pressure from Matt Mason. Liam held on thogh and secured his and the team’s best result of the season so far.
After over two months break from racing, the Falcon Intersteps drivers are raring to go this weekend. Liam Venter, Nikita Miliakov and Lassi Halminen are all now back in the UK for rounds nine, ten and eleven on the Snetterton 300 circuit. As usual Falcon Motorsport’s driver coach Craig Dolby will be on hand throughout the weekend to guide the drivers. More reports to follow.
With James’s car repaired and ready for race two it was changeable conditions at Croft. A small shower of rain and the team elected for a split strategy, sending James on slicks with Patryk and Jake on wets, however more rain on the way to the grid put pay to James doing well. Patryk was to make another good getaway and this time making no mistakes on his way to victory. Jake Dalton had a superb race, dropping the experienced Alex Walker and chasing Ed Jones and James Peace all the way to the line for a well deserved 5th place. The last race of the season was once again a strong one for Jake Dalton with another hard charging drive to 5th place. A better start from new Intersteps Champion Jake Dennis meant Patryk would have to slot into second which he maintained to the finish. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough for second in the championship, missing out by just five points. James was to have a race long battle with his nemesis Sarah Moore finishing just behind in 7th place.
Patryk Szczerbinski followed on from his Brands Hatch domination to take all three pole positions for this weekend’s final race meeting of the Intersteps Championship at Croft. New signing Jake Dalton was an impressive 7th and improving all the time while regular driver James Nutbrown was close behind in 8th. With an outside possibility of overhauling Fortec Motorsport’s Alex Walker for second in the championship Patryk had to score well in all three races. Race one on Saturday afternoon produced and a great start to lead the field away with only Championship leader Jake Dennis able to keep up, but half way through the race Patryk was to make a mistake and run wide allowing Dennis through. Although he was to close the gap back down it would be second on this occasion. Further back Jake Dalton had a tough first race battling for 6th place which he held on to. James Nutbrown was forced out on lap one with a frightening barrel roll at the second corner. Both James and his car should be back out in action tomorrow!
KF3 star Jake Dalton will race with Falcon Motorsport for the last meeting of the Intersteps Championship at Croft this weekend. After a successful test at Pembrey last week, Jake will test alongside regular driver Patryk Szczerbinski at Donington on Thursday before joining the team for the last three rounds of the championship at Croft Circuit. We are delighted to have a driver of Jake’s calibre join us at Falcon. With Ash Robinson having to miss the last few rounds, we have the perfect opportunity to get Jake up to speed in preparation for next year. Testing has gone well and I’m confident of a strong race weekend commented team Principal Nick Streatfield.