Round six return for Rae
The Trophy 01 Class has been missing one of its key challengers over the past few rounds as Enigma Motosport's man from down under, Olly Rae, has been sidelined by a series of mechanical issues.
The Trophy 01 Class has been missing one of its key challengers over the past few rounds as Enigma Motorsport's man from Down Under, Olly Rae, has been sidelined by a series of mechanical issues.
The strong showing at Silverstone in April in round two was the last time F3 Cup saw a flying Rae, but this weekend's (17/18 August) second trip to Northamptonshire features the blue and yellow Dallara F301 making a welcome return. The gap, he admits, has been a frustrating one.
The round two visit was also Rae's first competitive outing around the Grand Prix circuit, but that fifth and sixth coupled with pre-event testing should mean Rae's comfortable enough to back near the front.
Speaking at the end of his day's testing, he said: "Racing last time here definitely helps. I know the way around the track now so it's just a matter of making it go quick tomorrow. It was only my first last time and that's all I've run, [but] I know the track enough now."
The long wait between appearances has been not only out of Rae's hands but also Enigma Motorsport's, and while the gremlins aren't completely ironed out he's in typically positive spirits ahead of this weekend's two races.
"Today was just a bit of rough idea of how we're going to go, even though it was a bit of a wet session. I have no idea really as the engine is still a bit down on power from the last time it was here from the misfire. I'm still optimistic and ambitious as ever.
"It won't be truly OK, it's an electrical thing so it's nothing we can deal with here. I can still have a good race and still be up there for sure."
Qualifying will be Rae's next chance to get back into the cockpit which starts at 12:10 on Saturday before race one at 15:50. Race two takes place on Sunday at 15:05.
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