Following a really constructive and positive Sim session on Thursday in preparation for Oulton Park, team Rosland Gold Racing arrived at Oulton Park with a hint of optimism in the air. From weeks of endless summer days, Friday morning’s free practice session threw a curve ball-rain, drizzle and wet. Unaffected and with the adrenalin flowing, Andy was strapped into the car for the first session, where upon the number one aim was to build upon the Sim time and convert into real track progress. With a couple of minor tweaks made between Friday’s session, Saturday mornings qualifying was soon upon us. Focused and with a head full of vital data, qualifying started extremely well. Only unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Starting out the box and within a hand full of qualifying laps, Andy was soon up into the top 10 and showing real progress. Only entering one of the fastest sections on the circuit Andy ran only millimetres to wide on the curb, crossed the gravel trap and made contact with the tyre barrier.
Spencer continues “ The car was sweet and everything was clicking into place. Settling into a rhythm early on and finding the track limits in the changeable conditions, I started to push to bank good lap times. Only as soon as I entered the corner I knew I was just on the edge and possibly the wrong side of the edge. The car just started to drift to the left and at one stage I thought I’d got it, only it was just that too far over the edge and I ended running through the gravel into the barrier. The first thing that crossed my mind was the Century boys and the additional work I’d created. Combined with the fact that my qualifying session was over”.
With the damaged car back in the awning, the Century mechanics ready to spring into action like a fully trained military army, Andy regardless of his accident still managed to qualify 10-impressive. As the damaged parts were replaced with new, Race1 was only minutes away. Starting P10th on the grid, Andy pushed hard throughout Race 1 consistently battling between 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th as the closely packed train fought it out, with Andy eventually crossing the finishing line to take a fully respected 11th place. With Sunday weather conditions proving more favourable we all set about Race2. Only as the formation lap got under way Andy had an electrical gremlin on-board. Dashing back to the pit instead of taking the place on the grid, the rapid, fast thinking Century team sprang into action once again. As the mechanics swamped over the car, the lights went green with all 20 GT4’s heading into turn one. Still sitting in the pit lane unbeknown to Andy, an accident occurred on lap one forcing the Safety car out. With the gremlin gone, Andy hot footed it down the pit lane and joined the back of the grid.
Spencer continues “I literally entered the final stages of the circuit when all of a sudden the car started to develop issues. I’ve never seen people spring into action so fast to get me back out again. In the blink of an eye I heard and saw the safety car was out and knew I had to get onto the back of the pack super quick”.
Regrouping in 21st place its true to say Andy’s work was cut out in this shortened race as the field toured round patiently. As the safety car peeled off, the race resumed like a sprint race like never before, as only a handful of laps were available. With his head down and nothing to lose, Andy quickly made up places to cross the line P16. Looking back over this eventful weekend, Andy still managed to maintain his 11th place position in the overall championship as we now prepare to head north to Scotland’s Knockhill-14th/15th August.