Ken Savage finishes third at Lotus Festival

After his disappointing race at the Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium; Perrys Chairman Ken Savage was keen to recreate the previous success he had at the Brands Hatch circuit and Oulton Park.

The annual Lotus Festival round, as part of the Lotus Cup UK race, was an opportunity for Ken to race at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit.

A rainy qualification

Bad weather conditions and rain in the morning left the track wet at the start of the qualification round. Most cars on the track decided to use wet weather tyres to combat the weather conditions. However, typical unpredictable British weather meant the sun soon came out and began drying the track. Ken made a risky decision to take a pit stop after his first lap and changed his tyres to dry tyres in order to increase speed.

Ken’s decision soon paid off as he took second place for most of the session. However on the quickly drying track, lap times began to fall and Ken got blocked by a slow moving car on his last lap placing him fifth and second in class.

The race

Ken didn’t let the disappointing qualification ruin his good spirits and managed to gain a good start to the race. By the second corner Ken managed to get into third position behind team mate Steve Train.

Jamie Stanley took the race lead for the first two laps, until he faced mechanical problems and was forced to retire leaving Ken and Steve to take first and second position. Ken and Steve managed to open up a good gap to the rest of the field, sadly this was short lived and the gap was lost once the first safety car came out.

On the restart Ken and Steve opened up yet another comfortable gap until Steve took his pit stop leaving Ken to lead the race. On the second safety car, Ken came into the pits for his stop yet still managed to maintain his current lead.

Ken managed to sustain his lead for several laps until his tyres were going off allowing Simon Deacon and Rob Fenn to pass him.

Ken finished an overall third place and second in class. This is Ken’s third time coming third (try saying that fast!) in the Lotus Cup UK 2013.

Ken’s next race takes place at Donington Park, the first permanent park circuit in England. Donington Park is well-known for its mix of slow and fast corners and has one of the most famous sections in the world; the Craner Curves.

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