Spalding’s Andy Molsom was denied a winning start to this year’s McMillan Motorsport Caterham Graduates Championship at Donington Park.
The first race weekend of the year saw Andy, who runs Molsom and Associates Optometrists in Spalding, driving for Caterham Graduates Racing Club with high hopes of success.
In the first race, Andy qualified in seventh place and after making a break with a leading pack of five, he took the lead on lap ten.
But after battling hard at the front for the next two laps, Andy had mechanical trouble when a stone went through the radiator and coolant splashed onto the back tyres, resulting in a loss of grip for his 2001 Caterham 7 car.
Eventually he finished fifth with the consolation of having set the fastest lap of the race on lap five.
In race two, Andy drove his car with a new radiator and from a position of seventh on the grid, he joined the leading pack of 12.
But Andy lost touch with the race leaders whilst lapping the Classic Caterham class and he finally finished fifth.
“It was a really positive start to the year and to gain the fastest lap in race one, as well as fighting for the win, was a great confidence booster.
“The results give me an excellent start from which I can build over the coming races.”