Class victory for Luke at final round
Luke Lawrence finished the 2014 ToyotaSprint Series season with a class victory at Rockingham motor speedway lastweekend.
"The car had some further development coming into this round car owner Peter Foster identifed a problem with the fueling system so the car was into Fensport to have the fuel pump and filter replaced. A big thank you to Peter for the late nights (again!) getting the Mr2 ready to race.
Arriving at Rockingham and rained overnight, and the track had really poortraction so the practice laps were very conservative.The car was spinning up massively off the line which is to be expected with the power it makes but it also lit up in 2nd and 3rd gear on the straight! Going sideways next to banked wall over 100mph is an eye opening experience! With clear skies I knewthe track would improve so I took my time in the opening runs to learn the track. A tentativefirst lap sat me in 8th place from 47 entries however it was a big gap to the leaders.
I was itching to get my right foot down and build some speed, fortunately by run 3 the track had really started to improve and I couldpush the car. The Mr2 is great to drive, but it likes to be on the edge, when youpush hard it responds well."
The track had dried by Lunchtime and Luke was sitting 2ndfastest but 3.3 seconds adrift of the leader with fellow A1 Pro driver Nigel Levinson very close on time.
"The gap back to 2nd in class Nigel Levinson was really close as we both seemed able to chip away at our times, excitedly checking with each other after each run. After lunch the track temperature was upand I set a good time – 1.21.07 but Nigel also went faster – 1.21.92 so I knew on the next run it was now or never.
I talked with the TEIN suspension guys and made a small change to the front end of the car to help it turn in better. This worked atreat, from the first turn I had much more confidence and decided to give it myall. It worked – I dropped down to a 1.19.26 with Nigel on a 1.21.23 his fastest of the day.
My Last run did not go to plan – however I had done enough the 1.19.26 sat me in 2nd place overall and first in class, I was also only 1.6 seconds away from Overall TSS Champion and brilliant driver Adrian Smith.Additionally this result means I moved to runner up spot on the overall ClassChampionship – I'm really happy about that after missing two rounds.
I want to thank TEIN Suspension, Dunlop Tyres, Bio SynergyNutrition and PJF Racing for the use of an awesome race car. Roll on 2015!"
Keep up to speed with Lukes racing via http://www.lukelawrence.co.uk or twitter @LukeLawrenceOCR