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Andy Molsom retains second place in the Caterham Graduates Racing Club Championship

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Spalding’s Andy Molsom endured a difficult weekend in rounds eight and nine of the Caterham Graduates Racing Club event at Snetterton in Norfolk.

Qualifying didn’t go to plan with a busy track and traffic to negotiate, and Molsom was placed fourth and eighth for the races.

Early Saturday afternoon saw the first 20 minute race, and Molsom got a good start and had made third place by lap two, second spot by lap three and was leading the race on lap four by one second.

Andy Molsom and his Caterham. Photo: Chris Dicken
Andy Molsom and his Caterham. Photo: Chris Dicken

Unfortunately, as he got back on the throttle through the first fast corner of Riches, the engine spluttered - and despite his best efforts Molsom had to retire the car.

He commented: “Having to retire the car for the first time this year was difficult, but Pete and Ryan from 7 Works did their magic and got me out for the second race, so it could have been so much worse.”

With just two hours to the last race, Peter and Ryan from 7 Works Automotive got to work to identify the problem with the electrical system.

With only minutes to spare, the car was fixed and Molsom started the second race in eighth place.

He launched the car at the start, gaining positions steadily throughout the lap to be third by the end of the first lap.

The next lap saw his patience pay off, and a move around the outside into Agostini hairpin put Molsom into second place.

By lap eight there was a three-way battle for the lead with the first race’s winner Richardson and Championship leader Haynes.

It went to the end of the race, when it was red flagged due to an incident with fluid across the circuit. Despite Molsom being second on the road, countback a lap credited him with a third place finish.

Molsom added: “The second race was better and we got a great result.

“I knew I had to get on it straight away but be patient to ensure any overtake was without incident.

“I can’t thank Pete and Ryan enough to get me out for the second race as, with 20 minutes to go, I had consigned myself to missing the race. They persevered and got the car sorted just in time.”

As a result of Haynes also not finishing the first race and Barrett not starting it due to a broken clutch, Molsom retains second place in the championship ahead of the next meeting at Croft in North Yorkshire in early August.

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