FirePlaceWarehouse/Maxilead Metals' Joel Williams reckons a podium in the Thundersport GP3 race at Anglesey last weekend was just what the team needed and only having to revert to a different engine spec stopped him doing it in race two.
In race one, Williams again suffered a horrendous start that left him everything to do in the first few laps in order not to lose the front group of riders. After the first lap Williams found himself in 10th place and fighting his way through the pack to gain places and with that valuable points.
The pace was truly awesome and reached the lap record standard as Williams hung everything on the line to make up for the initial lost ground. By lap three, he was up to sixth where he held his position until lap 11 after which Williams made the moved that finally found him finish the race in a well deserved second. Because of a jump start team-mate Tom Carne lost a place and finished the race in a very creditable fifth.
In Sunday morning's warm up, Williams' bike seized and the team had to revert to a more standard engine spec as there was no replacement Luyten cylinder available. Williams' race one was cut short as the bike over heated (90degC) forcing him to pull out. Carne really proved himself and had his best finish of the weekend, matching his previous season best with a third gaining another piece of the silverware for the team to be proud of.
Williams and the team knew that every point gained would be so valuable as the season draws to an end. Lining up on the grid for race two, Williams knew he had a hard race in front of him if he wanted to repeat the success of the previous day.
A poor start did him no favours and left Williams with an uphill struggle. With each lap he made headway and eventiually improved his position finishing the race in a creditable sixth, reducing the gap to Arnie Shelton, who currently sits third in the championship, who failed to finish. Once again Carne had another solid performance crossing the line just in front of his team-mate in the final race of the day.
"We had a slow start on Friday but by qualifying we were right there and second place in the Superpole race was just what we needed after our up and down season. I was really up for it on Sunday and I knew we had the bike to take a win, however when the bike seized and we had to revert to the standard configuration I knew it would be difficult to repeat the podium position. Adrian did a fantastic job all weekend and never stopped," said Williams.