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O’Sullivan: Having one race ‘saved us’

by Bethonie Waring

Having one race at Croft “saved” Zak O’Sullivan as the Douglas Motorpsort driver was down on pace all weekend.

The race scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Croft was postponed due to heavy rain. As there was no space for it in Sunday’s time-table, the race will be rescheduled for an alternative round and the Ginettas only enjoyed one race at the Yorkshire circuit.

O’Sullivan, who finished eighth in Sunday’s race, said usually only having one race would have been a disappointment, but it worked well for him under the circumstances.

“From our perspective it was good that there was only one race,” he told Ginetta Junior Update. “As a team, we’ve been off all weekend.

“Generically, the more races the better because there’s more opportunities for good results, but this weekend, having one saved us.”

O’Sullivan started from seventh on the grid, but got a poor get away. He managed to avoid the opening lap drama and was running fifth after an early safety car, but became stuck behind team-mate Gus Burton.

“The safety car kind of saved me because after it came in I didn’t really have the pace,” he said. “The only way I could keep ahead of anyone was by defending non-stop, which isn’t really racing.I decided I would be hard but fair.

“I tried a move on the last lap for fifth. It didn’t work very well and I ended up eighth. There’s some stuff to work on for Oulton Park.”

The difficult weekend means O’Sullivan fell even further away from championship leader James Hedley. He retained second place in the championship standings, but is now more than 60 points behind Hedley, though more than half the season remains and there is still plenty of time for O’Sullivan or other drivers to challenge for the title.


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