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Wrong set up and old tyres left York struggling at Thruxton

Oliver York was left disappointed when a set up problem left him struggling at Thruxton.

The Challenge Cup driver took his first Formula 4 pole position for the first race of the weekend, but fell back to fourth over the course of the 16 laps.

He managed to improve later in the weekend to take a podium position from the final race. Though York was disappointed, he found positives from the weekend overall.

“It’s been a positive weekend with pole,” he told Overtake Motorsport. “It’s a good step forward considering it’s only our third weekend in the series.”

33375095220_260d7ee9f3_kYork claimed the wrong set up hindered his progress in race one, and Fortec changed the set up for the second day of racing. Old tyres in race two didn’t help matters, though, and he fell even further backwards.

“It was a hard race to be fair,” he said. “There were a lot of battles going on. I think quite a few of the top seven were on new tyres and we didn’t use them, so we’ve got loads for race three, where we start second.”

With fresh tyres, front row on the grid, and a good set up, York managed to take a podium finish to round off the day, adding to the two he took at Donington. The third place was still a small disappointment for York, who believed second would have been possible had the race been five minutes longer.

York leaves Thruxton third in the overall championship and leading the Challenge Cup competition.

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea

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