Monoposto Rounds 3 & 4 - Silverstone - May 27/28th
The Leastone team enjoyed a solid showing at Silverstone last weekend, coming away with a decent haul of championship points at a venue that has not traditionally been their strongest. Young Codey Keogh continued his impressive debut season, with a brace of podiums at the Northampton track.
His preparation was less than ideal, when a coolant leak forced a change of motor after just one test session on Friday. The team pulled out all the stops to have the new unit in place by end of day, allowing him to grab a few installation laps to ensure all was well. Despite his limited running ahead of qualifying, the teenager logged a time good enough for 5th in class, just behind teammate David Heavey, with Morgan McCourt locking down 8th place.
With all Monoposto classes combined on a single grid, an impressive 49 cars hit the track for Race 1. Due to the size of the grid, a rolling start was implemented and unlike recent years, the opening lap was largely uneventful. Heavey made what turned out to be an ill-advised set up change from qualifying and Codey vaulted him on the opening lap, before jumping to 3rd place not long after that. Morgan took a cautious approach to the start and dropped a few spots but once the field had settled down, he set about making up the lost ground.
Codey would find himself in a quiet spot for the next few laps, with the leaders up the road but a late safety car would bunch the field once again. He would have a sniff at trying to snatch second but ultimately had to settle for third, while Heavey would briefly elevate himself to 4th but was a sitting duck on the long Hanger straight and would take 5th at the chequered flag. Morgan did manage to recover the lost ground from the opening lap and came home 7th in class.
Race 2's grid was set by the fastest lap in Race 1 and Codey would line up in 3rd, with Dave 5th and Morgan 8th. Keogh and Heavey would hold station on the opening tour but Morgan was again overly cautious and slipped a few spots.
Codey would log his fastest time of the weekend on lap two before settling into a steady rhythm and consolidating his 3rd place, with the leaders having again made some ground with cars from other classes in between. Another late race safety car would give him an opportunity to slip into second place at the restart, but keeping the leading Jedis behind was always going to be a tall order. He would log his second podium with another 3rd place and with it, 10 valuable championship points.
Despite reverting back to original settings, Heavey was still struggling with the handling of his machine and some ways off his qualifying pace. He would jump to 4th following the safety car restart but a mistake on the final lap would see him drop to 6th, to round out a disappointing weekend. Again Morgan pulled off a good recovery, making his way back to his starting spot and securing a handful of championship points to boot.
All in all it was a decent weekend on a track that is hopefully the weakest on the calendar for the Leastone team, who now turn attention to Donington Park, where the series will visit for a triple header on June 24/25th.