The Tacho Systems with RAW Motorsport Fun Cup duo of Alex Macleod and Ray Grimes finished their Fun Cup Endurance race with some of the biggest smiles in the Oulton Park paddock.
Qualifying had been restricted when the crew had to change the rear suspension after both drivers reported handling problems.
“We changed the rear upright and balljoint to be on the save side, as you could feel something wasn’t right. It felt like rear wheel steering, predictably, unpredictable,” said Macleod.
“Ray had gone out first and did a lap, then I went out, but it had been fine in testing,” he added.
Macleod was in for the first stint, running just inside the top 20 until he handed to Grimes.
18th after the first hour, became 17th after the second, but having gone two laps down on their nearest rivals after a small delay earlier, it was hard to close the gap again.
A number of safety car interventions followed and none proved to be helpful to the RAW duo in re-climbing the leaderboard, despite setting lap times on a par with the top 10.
“We had some pace so it was OK when we were running in a pack. But the car would just washout and I nearly lost it three times,” Grimes admitted.
“We were still in there though and it was still a bit unpredictable, after I damaged the splitter and lost some downforce,” Macleod explained.
They clawed back to 16th in the final hour, but the two laps lost to their closest rivals early on, proved to be decisive in their chances of further progression.
“It was a good to be back in Fun Cup after six years since we won at Spa and to be sharing with
Alex. His pace picked up during the race, he listened and acted on any advice, with real consistency too,” Grimes added.
The next round of the Championship is at Croft on September 4th.