Caterham Superlight Championship 2011: Strong results at Rockingham

DPR driver Mark Shaw dominated free practice and followed through with pole and a race pace some 0.4 seconds better than the next fastest man on track. However Shaw suffered a drive through penalty for a breach of track limits. Shaw recovered to 2nd place but Orton was the man who was gifted the chequered flag. With the wet conditions in race two, Orton demonstrated his mastery of the track leading from the front and soon developing a lead that became unassailable. It was left to Brannan, Superlight newcomer Maclachlan and McMillan to entertain with a struggle for second place that lasted almost the entire 30 minutes although it was Brannan (2nd) followed by Maclachlan (3rd) that gained the edge in the final stages to claim the remaining podium positions.

Caterham Superlight R300 - Rockingham

Mark Shaw dominated free practice being the fastest man in three out of the four practice sessions. This was followed through in qualifier with a pole time of 1:28.724 which was 0.237 better than second placed Jamie Orton.

After a race one start which saw Shaw drop briefly back to 4th, he soon moved into the lead with lap times consistently in the 1:29 zone to open up a lead over the championship leader Jamie Orton. Shaw’s time of 1.29.035 claimed the fastest lap with a comfortable margin of 0.4 seconds over the best lap put in by Orton. However Shaw’s progress from race leader to race winner was terminated by a drive through penalty imposed for breach of track limits. Notwithstanding the harshness of the drive-through penalty, Shaw’s pace allowed him to climb back to second place to finish the race just 3.6 seconds behind race winner Jamie Orton.

The wet conditions in race two provided Orton with the opportunity to demonstrate his mastery of the track and Orton soon became the inevitable race winner with a commanding lead over the rest of the field. It was left to Brannan, Maclachlan and McMillan to provide the entertainment of a closely fought race. In the closing stages of the race it was the Maclachlan battle with Brannan for second place that deservedly gained attention.

DPR Driver Coaching

DPR Team Principal David Rowe said “Driver coaching has been an important part of James Maclachlan debut year in the Superlight R300 championship with the result that he is now third in the championship with 80+ points still in play.

We recognise that there are a number of excellent Caterham focused driver coaches active in Caterham motorsport and we are launching a recommended list of driver coaches who can be used on a stand-alone basis or working with ourselves.”

Find out more about DPR Driver Coaching