Molsom secures third-place finish

Andy Molsom in action at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
Andy Molsom in action at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

Andy Molsom confirmed third-place in the Caterham Graduates Championship at at Spa-Francorchamps.

Molsom, from Kirton, make the journey to Belgium for the final two rounds and was greeted by dry track sessions.

With 63 cars on track, qualifying was interesting with five classes of Caterhams.

Despite not really getting a good slipstream from the faster class cars, Molsom qualified third in class for both races.

Saturday’s race was eventful from the off, with Molsom’s class fighting with the faster two classes for position.

After being tagged by an ambitious overtake into La Source hairpin at the beginning of the third lap, Molsom dropped off the back of second place in class.

After this incident, Molsom pushed hard to catch up again.

A safety car later in the race brought the whole pack of cars together again, and the re-start, saw one last race lap.

After a hectic lap, Molsom caught Edward Benson, but was too late to challenge for second place, taking third at the chequered flag.

Benson had done enough to take the championship win.

Sunday’s race was marred by a recurring electrical problem with the engine, which eventually prevented Molsom from finishing the race.

“Spa-Francorchamps is a great circuit – one of the best I have raced on,” he said.

“Some epic corners, such as Eau Rouge, are awe-inspiring when racing side by side.

“It’s always a great weekend, and a great place to get together socially to finish the year.”

Another podium for Molsom ensured his third place in the championship.

Molsom added: “It’s been a great year, with some close racing.

“I have achieved my aims and more, by winning three races, three pole positions and two new lap records.

“I never expected to be in the hunt for the championship, but thanks to Rockey Racing for the excellent preparation and support through the year.”