Hampshires circuit wasn’t so kind to both Team BMR and to Ashley. It is the fast circuit on this seasons calendar which isn’t exactly the strongest point at the moment for the Subaru Levorg and its Swindon Powertrain. After setting blistering pace at the Thruxton Test during DMR program it was a different story come race weekend.
“I knew the weekend was never going to be plain sailing like the test. For starters you never know how you really stand up in comparison to others. For example, what ballast they are running aswell as their engine performance. The other huge difference was the weather, the test was a lot cooler compared to last weekend.
Ideally I would of liked to have come away with more points than we did, my plan was to try and stay in the top ten for all three races. Unfortunately that game plan became a little hard post qualifying. I didn’t quite reach my own personal target that I had set, lining up on the ninth row in P18.
Come race day it was all about progressing forward as much as possible to try and a) collect some points and b) get ourselves in a position for the reverse grid. Race one we managed to bring her home fifteenth followed up eleventh in race two putting ourselves in the reverse grid position. But our bad luck stuck leaving us stuck in the pits with a drive shaft problem, I managed to make it out at the back of the green flag lap but it was always going to be a tall order trying to score points from the back of the grid.
Overal we didnt meet the targets in mind, but its time to move on and focus on defending this title…!”