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Andrew Molsom from Spalding is in second spot in the Caterham Graduates Racing Club Championship

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Spalding’s Andrew Molsom marked his maiden outing at the Knockhill circuit in Scotland by claiming a podium treble.

Molsom was competing in rounds five, six and seven of the Caterham Graduates Racing Club Championship.

As Molsom hadn’t raced at the circuit before, testing on Friday was all about learning the track.

Andrew Molsom at Knockhill. Photo: Scott Mitchell.
Andrew Molsom at Knockhill. Photo: Scott Mitchell.

He made good progress throughout the day, ensuring consistently quick lap times.

Qualifying on the Saturday went well, finishing third for all three races behind Burtenshaw and Haynes.

Two races on the Saturday began with an early afternoon outing for Molsom.

A steady race saw him gain a place early on as Haynes took the lead. However, Burtenshaw’s knowledge of Knockhill gave him the lead by mid-race, which left Haynes and Molsom in second and third place respectively.

The late afternoon race was cooler and saw Molsom take second place into the first corner.

Positions swapped around again by the end of the lap, and from there it was a three-way battle for the lead.

Towards the end of the race, Molsom was ahead of Haynes for second place until the last lap when lapped cars caused an incident and Haynes slipped past - with Burtenshaw taking the win, leaving the Spalding optometrist with another third place finish.

Molsom commented: “The second race was great.

“The three of us were battling for the lead constantly with some good clean hard racing.

“There were a lot of positives to be taken forward for the rest of the season.”

Sunday’s race saw Molsom struggle for the first few laps with new brakes, dropping to fourth and under pressure from behind.

Once Molsom adjusted, he retook third place and was slowly gaining on Haynes in second, but another third spot at the flag was a good result.

He added: “The brakes in the final race were very keen and using the same pressure I had been using all weekend meant locking the wheels. Unfortunately it took a couple of laps to really get used to them.

“My first trip to Knockhill meant I had a lot to learn very quickly, so to come away with three podiums is a great result.

“The car yet again behaved perfectly thanks to 7 Works Automotive, Pete Godfrey and Ryan Scarratt who go racing for fun and offer great support.”

Molsom remains second in the championship going into the next round at Snetterton in Norfolk on July 9.

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