Molsom gets rewards for consistency

Andy Molsom leading the race at Thruxton.
Andy Molsom leading the race at Thruxton.
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At the final meeting of the year, Spalding’s Andy Molsom secured fourth in the Caterham SuperGraduates National Championship for the second year running at Thruxton in Hampshire.

The weekend started well with Molsom qualifying fifth in each race, despite only having 15 minutes to learn the circuit before qualifying.

The first race brought a good start but an even better start for two championship rivals who began a row behind.

The first few laps consisted of a train of 10 cars fighting for the lead. Molsom slowly made his way forward and was leading the way by lap eight.

“It was great to be fighting at the front for the lead, the car felt good and could really lean on it,” he said.

Unfortunately, under heavy braking into the final chicane of the lap, Molsom was hit from the side by Martin Kay, putting the pair at the back of the front pack of seven cars.

Over the last few laps, Molsom’s car wasn’t handling great but he made it home into sixth position.

Some minor repairs were made to the car for Sunday’s race, however from lap one it was evident that there was still a problem with the handling. The car was a handful to control at pace which caused Molsom to slowly drop down the order to finish ninth.

However this was enough to finish fourth in the championship due to good results from previous rounds and to win the Best Consistent Finisher Trophy for the highest placed competitor (outside the top three) who finished every race.

Molsom added: “It was a mixed weekend, I had a long shot at second in the championship which four of us were fighting for.

“The accident and strong finishes from two other competitors in the first race meant that challenging for fourth was on the cards.

“Luckily due to dropping our three worst scores, and having good results from previous races, I sealed fourth in the championship for the second year.” Molsom will collect his trophy from Steve Parrish, a former motorbike and truck racer who is now a motorsport TV commentator, in November at the awards evening.