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Don Hardman Racing “nailed the set-up” in WHT final

Don Hardman Racing team-mates Joey Foster and Carter Williams have thanked their team after the pair were the first and third fastest drivers in the Walter Hayes Trophy final.

Three-time WHT winner Foster set the fastest lap in a Firman RFR16, a car he only had one weekend’s experience of prior. Williams was in his usual Ray GR10, and ended his first season in the UK with 13th place.

Choosing the right set-up was tough, because the conditions were changing all the time,” said Foster. “It was getting steadily drier, but how [much] drier we didn’t really know. So we took an educated guess and it seemed amazing right at the start.

“The car was rotating well, I had traction, and obviously I went from 11th, pulled all the way through and ended up getting the lead. After Michael [Moyers] ran wide, and Julian [Van der Watt] ended up on the kerb after we just brushed wheels coming in on the brakes. I ended up with a good strong lead, and thought maybe I’d broken the tow.

“But as soon as I came through Copse and hit the head wind, I could see Michael just close up. He had the slipstream down the straight and he utilised that to his best. He made a pretty late move into Brooklands and pushed us both wide. Which pushed me back into the mix. Dramatic.”

The car was still quick, and Foster finished fourth with a late fastest lap. Williams only managed 13th, but was the third fastest man on track behind Ivor McCullough.

“Definitely a positive weekend. It was great all the way through really,” summarised Williams.

“Struggled a bit in testing, but we figured it out. Fourth in qualifying with no tow, only a tenth off pole. Fourth in Heat one, the car felt pretty good. Then today it rained. It didn’t feel so good in the mixed conditions, we had like an in-between set-up, but made it to the final.

“Started 17th, not a great start, but fought my way back, stayed in the mix and didn’t make any big mistakes. Then the car came in about halfway through and you could feel it was great. It was just tough to make passes down the straight. A little bit down on power.

“But ended up setting third fastest lap and Joey set the fastest lap. So I think Don Hardman nailed the set-up, and we just threw a few things out. Positive weekend, positive year. Definitely enjoyed everything.”

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