Upturn in fortunes for Luke Davenport at Oulton Park
PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 May 2017
Cambridge driver has success in British Touring Car Championship
Luke Davenport produced the best performances of his fledgling British Touring Car Championship career in the rounds at Oulton Park, being the top scorer of the weekend in the Jack Sears Trophy.
It has been a tricky start for the Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Duo drivers as they have got to grips with the circuit and the car’s set-up.
But after increasing the boost levels in the turbo-charged cars – which had been hindering the Fords and had been set at the start of the season – Davenport was in form.
After qualifying in 24th place, Davenport finished 18th in the first race, 17th in the second and was then 10th in the third.
It made Davenport the best rookie on the day. He now has 157 points in the overall Jack Sears Trophy and is third, as Nelson Proctor leads with 222.
“On the Sunday, we slowly made progress up until race three,” said the Cambridge driver. “Race three I had a really good start and made further ground from there.
“It was a nice personal achievement for me to get past some of the established drivers on the grid like Plato and Goff to get my first top 10 and first Jack Sears Trophy. I’m a happy boy!
“We’ve still got a little bit to find, we’re improving it all the time and the boys are working very hard.
“It’s one step forward but I think there is still more to come.”
And, after getting three results on a race day for the first time after a number of misfortunes, Davenport was delighted to give his rookie credentials a boost.
“The aim is to get in the top 10 again,” he said. “I won the rookie cup which was nice and it gets my challenge back off the ground again.
“It was nice that as soon as we have three results, we win it.
“It’s a case of keeping our noses clean and out of trouble.
“There was lots of contact, as ever, but we were very fortunate there was nothing too bad and the car held up very well.”