“Croft race day was a bit of a reassurance in terms of the chassis performance. We have found a really good baseline setup which is an evolution on what we started the season with which is a great step up. Fortunately, that masked our problem of straight line speed as the chassis was fantastic, through the corners we are as quick as anyone. Unfortunately, we need the straight line speed to overtake and we just didn’t have that this weekend. I honestly believe we had a car that could battle in the top 5 this weekend but it was a case of getting there and with our deficit that proved to be an impossible task.
“Next up is Knockhill which is better suited to cars that are strong in changes of direction, traction and braking so I’m really looking forward to heading north of the boarder after the summer break!
“A big thank you to the team this weekend for providing me with a reliable and competitive car.”
|Aron Taylor-Smith: |
“A very challenging weekend on our side of the garage. I think our weekend was compromised by engine issues through no fault of our own which really put us on the back foot. These started on Saturday, and we spent all day rooting around trying to find the cause of the problems which prevented us from developing the chassis and as a result we were on the back foot going into the races and the issues continued on Sunday despite trying everything we could.
“We had component failures in both race 1 and race 3 which took away the opportunity to score points this weekend and my heart goes out to the team as they work incredibly hard to give us the best chance possible, but it wasn’t meant to be this weekend.
“In life it doesn’t always go your way but next up we have the two-day tyre test at Snetterton to continue our development. We will be starting the second half of the season with a clean slate so forget everything that has gone wrong in the season to date, and we will look to score as many points as we can in the second half of the season to rise up the championship standings and put the Cupra Leon where it belongs.
“Very much a character building and ego denting weekend but at the same time what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and we will be aiming to do just that!”