Thruxton – When Oversteer Isn’t Always Your Friend

“Well, that was exciting from where i was sitting, but probably not the greatest way to obtain points!”

That was the initial comment from Scott after a hectic weekend spent chasing a lap time at a circuit he knows well, has tested well at in the past and was really looking forward to brining home a result from.

Qualifying was ‘interesting’ with the team chasing dramatic oversteer throughout. While Scott’s style of driving is towards an oversteering car, too much of anything is bad for anyone. Oversteer may look spectacular and indeed, it’s one of Scott’s favourite driving instruments. However, it only works if the car is still driving forwards at a suitable pace. Too much oversteer and the car slows down. This is what Scott was contending with as he qualified in fourteenth place.

This strange handling was something that Scott had to contend with throughout the weekend and for some reason it was something that could not be resolved.

This mean he was fighting an uphill battle from the beginning. “No point stressing over it, all I could do was drive to the maximum of my ability 110% of the time.”

With a short 14 lap race, he had everything to do when the lights changed. It all seemed to be coming together on Lap One, as he enjoyed a rapid dash through to 5th place. Then a red flag halted the race. Because the race was less than one lap old, his gains were cancelled out as the grid reset. The restart was less dramatic and Scott finished 12th in Race One.

Race Two provided little comfort from the handling problem, so Scott simply concentrated to extracting the very best from his own ability, the result being a 9th place finish.

As Scott said, the inside of his Ginette GT5 was an exciting place to be at the high speed curves of Thruxton, though not a particularly efficient way to obtain championship points.