Molsom continues to lead Caterham standings

Andrew Molsom in action at Thruxton. Photo: Hazel Ford.
Andrew Molsom in action at Thruxton. Photo: Hazel Ford.

Andy Molsom is still leading the way at the halfway stage of the Caterham Graduates Championship.

Rounds seven and eight saw a visit to Thruxton, where the Kirton racer finished in fifth and third places respectively, meaning he remains top of the leaderboard.

Qualifying went well for Molsom with two fourth-place starts.

Saturday’s afternoon race saw Molsom make a good start, and he was soon up to third.

However, on the second lap, he was caught out by some oil left on the track.

Once rejoining, he was in last place, but quickly set about chasing the pack.

He soon made his way back upto fifth, but despite breaking the lap record with an average speed of more than 96mph, he couldn’t catch the lead group of cars.

Sundays’ race was closely fought from the off, but Molsom led at the end of the first lap.

Due to the slipstreaming nature of the high-speed Thruxton circuit, there were multiple lead changes every lap.

It also began raining on half of the track, so grip levels were changing regularly.

Molsom finished the race in a creditable third .

“Thruxton is unlike any other circuit, it is flat out for most of it, with just two braking areas,” he said. “This lends itself to close racing, as slipstreaming makes a huge difference to lap times.”

Molsom also completed the fastest lap in the first race, breaking the existing lap record by nearly half a second.

“It was a good weekend,” he added “However, I was unlucky in the first race, but still a solid weekend’s results.”

The next meeting is at Brands Hatch in Kent.