Harry Vaulkhard says he is hopeful that his worst weekend of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car is now behind him after a tough outing at Oulton Park for the Tempus Sport squad.
Fresh from his strong outing at Donington Park, Vaulkhard headed to Cheshire hoping for another strong weekend but had to settle for eleventh on the grid following a tightly-fought qualifying session.
Having lost a place in the opening laps, Vaulkhard was running in twelfth when contact with the Honda of Paul O'Neill at Hislops damaged the car and forced him to retire. Although the damage was repaired for the second race, Vaulkhard was forced to start from the back for race two and a slow puncture restricted him to 15th place at the finish.
While the final race saw the Chevrolet come home twelfth, it left Vaulkhard without any points from the weekend and he will now hope for a return to form next time out at Croft.
“Hopefully, that was our worst weekend of the year,” he said. “I'll put my hand up and admit I over-drove in qualifying, but then I was turned around in race one, which was unfortunate, but one of those things in racing. In the second race the car didn't feel so good and we had a slow puncture. In race three the car felt really good, and it's dead frustrating having a quick car when you're so far back that you know you won't get a good result no matter how hard you drive. I can't wait for Croft and the next race.”
Team director Richard Coleman admitting it had been a frustrating outing for his first-year team and admitted that the incident is race one had ultimately cost the team through the remainder of race day.
“This was a frustrating weekend for us,” he said. “We had good pace during the practice sessions but lost out in qualifying with Harry pushing too hard. Being put out of the first race put us right at the back of the field for the next race and it's a difficult place to pass at Oulton so progress was always going to be difficult. In the last race Harry was doing a similar pace to some of the frontrunners so we know we could have done well if it wasn't for the incident in race one.”