Podiums help ease Chart’s disappointments

Henry Chart was in reflective mood after his recent double podium at Silverstone GP's rounds three and four, despite being yet to race his new Dallara this season.

Henry Chart was in reflective mood after his recent double podium at Silverstone GP's rounds three and four, despite being yet to race his new Dallara this season.

Chart looked set to start the season in better form than ever, going quickly in testing at race-winning pace. Disaster struck in the closing laps of pre-season at Snetterton as he pulled up in his new Opel-Speiss Dallara F305, forcing him to borrow a car from down the pitlane. He left Norfolk with points though, despite spinning out of the 2014 opener.

The Seer Green racer borrowed the Trophy 01 class car of his absent Enigma Motorsport team-mate Oliver Rae for Silverstone, and showed impressive pace in race one by finishing second and then followed that up with a third place in race two.

"It's sort of best of a bad situation really." he confessed. "I'm happy to get on the podium twice but I was having some real trouble changing gear in the second race."

"Every time I came out of a slow corner I couldn't get second or third gear, and then on the straights I couldn't get from fourth to fifth.

"It could have gone worse, admittedly, so we'll take the positives. I could have stayed with Tristan but for the problem with the gears. We need a little more luck."

Chart and his Enigma team expect to have the race-winning Cup 07 class car back in working order for the next rounds of the season, which take place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on the weekend of the 24-25 May.

"I'm looking forward to getting my car back to say the least. Hopefully we'll be all ready for Rockingham."

Chart's healthy haul of points from Silverstone promoted him to fifth in the standings, just three points adrift of the third-placed Stuart Wiltshire. Starting the season on the back foot has left him 24 points back from front-runners Tristan Cliffe and Toby Sowery.

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