Checa: The conditions were dangerous

Carlos Checa decides against pushing for victory at Silverstone as he labels the first race conditions as 'dangerous'.
Carlos Checa says he can be satisfied with a fifth and sixth place finish considering the circumstances after rain spoiled his hopes of victory at Silverstone.

The Spaniard was one of the favourites for the victory around the circuit he won twice at in 2011, but while he was certainly looking in command in the dry as he opened up a three second lead at the half-way point of the opening race, he slipped back when the rain arrived.

Opting to allow the top four to jostle for position ahead of him, Checa was happy enough to reach the finish line given the 'dangerous' conditions.

“The conditions, especially in race one, were dangerous; racing in the wet with slick tyres is obviously no fun for anyway, although it probably makes for exciting races for the spectators,” he said.

“Before the rain started to fall I was going really well but then once the rain came, and certain sections of the track became wetter than others, I lost a bit of confidence and slowed down a bit, thinking that maybe one or two guys would come past me but instead there were five or six of them!

“In the final stages, when I saw how the front group was pushing and how hard it was just to stay upright, I chose to stay put and follow them rather than push and take risks. Fifth isn't bad considering the conditions.”

With heavier rain blighting race two, Checa was holding steady in sixth place when he slid off whilst attempting to gesticulate to marshals that there was fluid on the slippery surface. Despite this, with the race red flagged shortly afterwards, Checa was reinstated to sixth nonetheless.

“In race 2 I lost some ground at the start but then managed to make that up again over the subsequent laps to arrive close to Berger who was in fifth. I saw some oil on the track and went wide to avoid it – I put my hand up at that point to indicate to Race Direction that conditions were getting worse but then I fell. Anyway, we've made up a few points in the standings and now we have to concentrate on the Russian round.”

Checa's solid finishes means he has closed the gap to Tom Sykes in the overall standings to two points.

Tagged as: Silverstone , Carlos Checa

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