Tough weekend at Brands Hatch for Christie

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Track action GOLF star Christie Doran has vowed to ignite her season at Thruxton later this month after two tough weekends at Brands Hatch.

The young Scot claimed third and fourth place in class B in the VAG Trophy on the GP circuit bit admitted she was a bit shaken by a high-speed trip in the gravel at Paddock Hill during qualifying.

That seemed to affect her on her return to the Indy layout for the Deutsche Fest, as she had to settle for fourth and fifth place in class.

But she admitted a video session with SlideSports team boss Mark Jenkins has sorted some gremlins and fired her up for Thruxton.

Christie, from Falkirk, said: “We knew it would be tough when we signed up for the series, but the season has not gone the way we planned.

“We will get through it and these experiences will make the good days even better. SlideSports are doing a great job with the car and boss Mark Jenkins has faith in what I am doing. The annoying thing is the pace is there, we just have not had the breaks.

“We were at Brands just two weeks ago and my trip into the gravel at Paddock Hill was playing on my mind a little. That affected my qualifying so we had to settle for fourth in class. The first race followed the same pattern. The data showed that I was right on the pace for the rest of the lap but was losing time on the approach to Paddock Hill.

“We spent the time between the races going through the video and breaking it all down then building it up again. It did the trick. I got a flying start and was up to third in class and right with the front two.

“My confidence was back but then there was contact up in front, a car spun and I had a choice – hit it or go in the gravel. That is just the way my luck has been going. It was damage limitation from there.

“It was a shame because the Deutsche Fest was a good meeting. The grid walk was really popular and the SlideSports Golf got so much attention.

“It was great to see so many kids and they loved the fact that we let them sit in the car and get their photos taken. It must have been popular because some of the team said I had a new band of supporters shouting me on by the start/finish line.

“Overall, we scored solid points and stayed third in the Class B championship but I wanted more. We have another race in two weeks. It has been a hectic schedule but we will be right in the fight at Thruxton.” By Alister Jonhstone

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