Chesterfield’s Sennan Fielding has found that competing in the brand-new 2015 MSA Formula powered by Ford single-seater series comes with teething problems: a temperamental paddle-shift gearbox.
Despite the best efforts his team at Donington Park, Dronfield’s JHR Developments, Fielding was hampered by gearbox downshift issues in qualifying, and the problems beset him all weekend.
For round 4 the 18 year-old JHR driver qualified in 9th, battling through to 5th at the flag, he managed to hold off Ricky Collard for the duration of the race. “Apart from the gearbox not always changing down, the car felt very good”.
Round 5 saw Fielding start the reverse grid race in 4th, shooting through into 2nd, which he held until lap 7, when pounced on by Collard and demoted to 3rd, Fielding held station until the flag, for his maiden podium finish in MSA Formula.
Chesterfield’s Sennan Fielding overcame qualifying problems to claim 3rd place, his maiden podium finish in round 5 of the MSA Formula championship at Donington Park
“3rd place is a brilliant result as we’ve still got a few issues – losing a lot of time especially stuck in 6th gear through the chicane, so no engine braking.” Fielding expressed his gratitude, “Everyone – JHR and Ford – is trying their hardest to fix it. It’s a shame because we have the pace to win”.
In round 6 with Fielding starting from 10th place, “a good opening lap got me up to 4th”, unfortunately, despite his best efforts, the gearbox maladies reappeared, additionally rear brake issues caused him to retire mid-race.
Despite all these problems Fielding holds 7th in the championship, and needless to say he is hoping for better at Thruxton’s next rounds.
JHR’s sole driver in the 2015 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup championship, Michael Caine, is still getting to grips with his new 355 BHP Amigos-branded car, owned by Chesterfield Global Brands drinks magnate, Steve Perez.
For Round 4 Caine qualified 5th, running the whole race at the back of a 5-car train for the lead, despite numerous passing attempts, he remained 5th to the flag.
This converted to grid 5th for Caine in Round 5, which place he held until lap 5 when he squeezed up to 4th place, then spent the rest of the race successfully keeping Will Burns back, taking the flag in 4th.
A random-draw for the top-6 grid slots of round 6 gifted pole-position to Caine. A dramatic start with 4 cars abreast into the first corner resulted in Carl Breeze demoting Caine to 2nd, until he was nudged back to 3rd by Burns on lap 3. But Caine defended this place superbly holding it to the flag, claiming his first Ginetta GT4 Supercup podium, making him and car owner, Steve Perez very happy amigos.
Caine commented, “This is our first podium, a step in the right direction, but not where we want to be. The ‘Amigos’ car looks the best out there, but unfortunately it is not quite on the money”.
Now lying 6th in the championship he concluded, “Although we are getting there. It is an emotional rollercoaster. We’ve problems that JHR are trying their best to get sorted: we will be better at Thruxton!”.