A giant leap forward for the PaddlUp Caterham Roadsport squad

26th May 2022

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The 2022 Caterham Roadsport Championship got back underway in Norfolk on 20-22 May and the PaddlUp team was out in force, on what was a very sunny weekend at Snetterton.

 

The racing itself was as gung ho as ever, resulting in several high-speed impacts and drivers largely walking away unscathed – a testament to the quality of engineering that goes into designing and creating a Caterham racing car.

 

There were, however, two competitors in the Academy class who were hospitalised following an incident on the back straight. Everyone at PaddlUp would like to wish them a speedy recovery.

 

Qualifying would see Marc Jones (#2) secure a top-three result as he posted the third-fastest time with an excellent lap. PaddlUp Co-Founder Joe Priday's (#84) efforts, meanwhile were hindered by a gearbox issue that meant he was unable to change down from fifth to fourth, an estimated half a second in lap time was lost and Joe inevitably lined up 14th on the grid for the opening contest.

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The first lap would see our dynamic duo battling amongst the highly competitive pack. Jones would slip back to fourth – a position he would hold until the end of the race – rounding out a strong comeback from a disappointing first event at Brands Hatch. Priday gained a place on the opening tour, avoiding a huge barrel roll at Turn 1 in the process. A mid-race skirmish meant he then fell to 17th on lap three and 18th on lap four before a valiant fight-back elevated him to 16th at the flag.

 

The start of the second race would see a phenomenal getaway for Priday, vaulting forward three positions and up into 13th while the #2 car would hold station in fourth towards the front of the pack. As the race progressed, the #84 car relinquished two positions dropping back to 15th by the time the chequered flag fell. Jones held on to fourth place for the majority of the race before engaging in a penultimate lap battle in which he briefly held the runner-up spot, but ultimately conceded the podium places thanks to slipstreaming on the final run down the back straight, eventually finishing fourth.

 

Joe Priday, Driver and Co-Founder, PaddlUp commented: "It was quite frustrating to have the issue in qualifying with the gearbox. I think we could have been well inside the top ten if it wasn't for that but that's racing! It was still a big step forward for the team after Brands and I think we have some promising pace moving forward for the rest of the season."

 

Marc Jones, Driver, PaddlUp added: "We had some great racing out there last weekend and that is what Caterhams are all about! I'm gutted to have missed out on the podium by such a narrow margin but there are a lot of positives to take away from Snetterton. We'll definitely be aiming for some silverware next time out!"

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