JAMES CATER labelled his performances at the latest round of the Ravenol Formula Vee Championship as the ‘best of the season’ despite being disqualified in his second race for a technical infringement.
On Sunday, the Bromsgrove racer took to the Leicestershire-based Mallory Park circuit in his 1300cc Sheane and with consistent problems using second gear at the tight hairpin, Cater managed to secure a respectable 18th place in qualifying.
In the wet conditions, Cater made good headway in the first race but with the driving line drying out, failing to capitalise on the new conditions saw him slip down the order.
Cater ended the race 18th overall and fifth in Class B going into the second race.
Despite falling to the back of the grid following a slow start, Cater fought back strongly and was already climbing back up the places after the first lap.
After picking off a few more cars, Cater was in a fight for 13th place which lasted until the chequered flag.
However, Cater was disqualified from after a minor technical infringement on the car’s air restrictor but despite this, he told the Standard there was plenty of positives to take.
“I think overall this was the best display I have had this season. I was pushing with some of the faster cars which was amazing as I’ve never experienced that before,” he said.
“It is disappointing that we got disqualified from the second race for a minor infringement but there’s plenty of positives to take out of the performance.
“I was very competitive and faster than alot of the cars in front of me but I as I could not get past, I got held up.”
Cater returns to racing action on July 16 and 17 where he will be driving around the Anglesey Circuit, a course he has never experienced.
With a car running with a more reliable engine which will be tweaked to get more power out of it, Cater is confident of another positive result.
“I can learn tracks quite quickly which is a real boost for me and alot of the other drivers won’t have experienced this track either,” he added.
“We’re going to fine tune the setup of the car a little bit ahead of the next race so we can keep pushing for better results.”
Cater is continually on the search for sponsors which would help him upgrade the car and fund test days.
Anyone wishing to sponsor should contact him through his website www.jamescaterracing.com.
Race video courtesy of James Cater Racing.