First win of the season for Caterham racer Andy

Andy Molsom leading the way at Silverstone. Photo: Chris Dicken
Andy Molsom leading the way at Silverstone. Photo: Chris Dicken
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Spalding’s Andy Molsom took an early lead in the Caterham Graduates Racing Club championship with a win and a second place.

He qualified second and third in class for the races at Silverstone.

Molsom’s class – the Super Graduates – started behind the faster cars from the MegaGraduates class, which meant going 21st and 22nd on the road out of 41 starters.

The first race saw Molsom make a blinding start in wet conditions, momentarily taking the lead of his class.

Getting backed up at the apex of Copse corner pushed him back to second in class.

By the end of the first lap, he was mixing with the faster class in eighth place on the road.

Pushing hard in the wet conditions, Molsom finished the race in second place but had worked his way up to fourth on the road among the front-runners in the MegaGraduates class.

The second race was dry and Molsom again got a good start, taking the lead of his class on the second lap down Hangar Straight and into Stowe corner.

Molsom slowly pulled away from the rest of his class and spent the race mixed up with the faster class.

On the last lap, he had made his way up to fifth with nearly an eight-second lead over fellow SuperGraduates.

Due to lapping other cars, Molsom had the luxury to ease off and watch the MegaGraduates fight for position but he still won his class by more than seconds.

He said: “Starting the season with a win and a second place is a near perfect weekend.

“The car handled fantastically in both the wet and dry conditions, and is a credit to the preparation by Rockey Racing.

“Six weeks ago, I didn’t even know if I would make the start of the season, due to a stress fracture of my right ankle, so to come away with these results is fantastic.”

Molsom further stamped his authority on the weekend by completing the fastest lap in both races.

He added: “It was great to be back on the racetrack again after a long winter.

“It was a challenging weekend, with changeable conditions and grip levels from lap to lap.

“Even the wind caused some difficulties on the exit of Copse, a sudden gust was enough to push the car wide at the exit.”

There are 14 rounds to go and the next meeting is at Snetterton on May 7 and 8.