AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup star Jake Giddings enjoyed triple success at Croft Circuit winning all three races of the final weekend of the Production Touring Car Trophy and takes third in Championship.
Finesse Motorsport’s Jake arrived at the North Yorkshire circuit Friday evening missing the practice sessions meaning he headed straight into qualifying in his Vauxhall Astra VXR on the Saturday morning without any set-up to the car.
Despite the limited time in the car, youngster Jake qualified an remarkable third, just eight tenths of pole position.
After qualifying Jake was optimistic, ‘The set up was all-wrong and I did the best with what I had. Now we have seen how it handled changes can be made’.
In Race One Jake had a good start, Luke Caudle bogged down in second place which gave Jake enough of a gap to squeeze the Astra through. It was then a 400metre drag race to the first corner with Jake out-braking Gary Duckman allowing 17-year old Jake to edge into the lead. From then on he controlled the race from the front.
In the later stages of the race Jake developed a gearbox problem with fourth gear but had created a seven second advantage on second place and took the win.
After a late night fixing the gearbox Jake started Race Two on pole in greasy conditions. Feeling confident, Jake had a good start and took the inside line to the first corner. Leading from the start, he won with a 6.8 second lead on Gary Duckman and also claimed fastest lap.
With a reverse grid for race Race Three Jake started from fifth place and due to mixed weather conditions there was an assortment of tyre choices made by fellow racers. Jake chose slicks on the front and wets on the back but a poor race start still saw the Wisbech charger remain fifth heading into the first corner.
‘I knew I had good rear grip due to tyre choice and would have a good few laps of race pace before the rears would go off’, said Giddings.
As the grid reached Clervaux, Jake was later on the brakes passing Gary Duckman to take fourth. Calder and Caudle tripped over each other at the chicane allowing Jake a good run down the back straight towards Tower. Three abreast approaching the bend, Jake rolled of the brakes earlier allowing him to have a greater cornering speed to take first place.
The Clio Cup driver didn’t have an easy run and the lead swapped a couple of times throughout the race with Jake eventually triumphant to take the win and fastest lap.
‘I am so happy to come to Croft which is a circuit I really like and to take all three wins is brilliant. I would like to thank my sponsors Finesse Paving, Glenn White and Cowley Road Garage for their continued support’, said an ecstatic Giddings.
Jake entered into the Production Touring Car Trophy at Snetterton, halfway through the season charging hard to finish an impressive third place overall.
Jake also races in the AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup Championship on the BTCC package with two rounds to go at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.
Finesse Motorsport Ltd has two Vauxhall Astra VXR’s available for next year in the PTCT.