Safuu Racing

No Mavericks in sight, as Safuu Racing keep pace at Thruxton!

The return of Top Gun at our cinemas may have dominated Social Media feeds up and down the country, but the Safuu Racing drivers, Nic Hamilton and Aron Taylor-Smith, had to quench their need for speed at the fastest track on the calendar, Thruxton Race Circuit. The Hampshire circuit is steeped in history and the BTCC continues to be the shining light in their busy calendar, as the 2022 schedule sees Thruxton appear twice in the space of 3 months!

Small garages and awnings require the teams to show their adaptability and the track itself means the drivers are flat out for the majority of their laps. Throw some hybrid management into the mix and then you have all the ingredients for a pulsating day of racing.

Aron and Nic provided Safuu Racing with a really positive performance on the Saturday. Their final positions were deceiving as Aron finished in P20 and Nic in P25, but both made fantastic progress in terms of time. Nic was able to overcome a hurdle as he is fighting personal demons with Thruxton and Aron found 2 seconds from FP1 to Qualifying.

Árón Taylor-Smith, #40, said:

“Productive day when you really look at it. From FP1 to qualifying we found two seconds so credit to the team for working away on the car and improving it the way they did. Realistically the top 15 was just within our reach but we just don’t have the performance at the moment compared to some of the other engine packages in the top 10 and what they are able to do in qualifying.”

Nicolas Hamilton, #28, said:

“Firstly, Thruxton is a tough circuit for me, I had a huge accident here in Clios in 2011 and it’s always held a shadow over me, and I’ve never really had the confidence here and that is vital around such a fast track. I’ve done a lot of pre-season work mentally in the build up to this weekend and I put that into practice and I managed to find 1.5 seconds from FP1 this morning to qualifying and I now feel really comfortable in the car. The car felt great, and I’ve gone the fastest I’ve ever gone around here with a 1:16.9”

Race Day

The fans certainly deliver ‘that loving feeling’ on a Sunday morning before Race 1 with the packed pitlane autograph session and that coupled with media duties helps to distract our fearless duo from the task ahead, which is a 150mph dash round the fastest track in the UK alongside another 27 cars all clambering to overtake and gain a favourable track position.

Aron and Nic came out of Race 1 a little battered and bruised, Aron taking a solid P18, making up 2 places, and then Nic by his own admission made a slight misjudgement which forced him to pit In order to remove some grass from the radiator. Race 2 was a similar story for the Safuu Racing pair, a P19 for Aron and then a P24 for Nic, a frustrating race that never really went our way. However, Aron then managed to pull a fantastic points finish out of the bag in the third and final race, Aron finished in P13 scoring some much needed points and it was a much fairer reflection of where we should be. Nic unfortunately had to retire in the third race due to some contact.

Both were able to reflect after an up and down touring car round.

Árón Taylor-Smith, #40, said:

“I still think we need to find a couple of tenths to really be serious challengers here but the race three performance was an indicator to how much progress we have made with the setup of the car. We still need to keep pushing but progress is progress, the cars were reliable compared to some of the other teams and we have to be happy with that, we can leave here with our heads held high.”

Nicolas Hamilton, #28, said:

“So, I’m frustrated as I don’t think I was able to show my true potential in terms of results but then again I always say I want to be in the race and today I was always in the race. We clearly have some good pace and I’m getting closer and closer to my teammates and only a couple of tenths away so I have to be happy with. The frustrating kicks in because I know there is more and I just want to show everybody how much progress myself and the team have made!”

The fan favourite track in Oulton Park is only just around the corner, two weeks from now we go to Cheshire for more action packed tin top racing!

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