Chris Chisnall, winner of the 2008 North West Club FFord title, was happy with a podium finish on his racing return in BRSCC Avon Tyres Northern FF1600 earlier this month.
After a lengthy spell away from racing, Chisnall took up the offer to drive the absent David McArthur’s Medina for B-M Racing in the Oulton Park round. He finished third in race one behind team-mate Tom McArthur and championship leader Jack Wolfenden.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been out so, third, I’m quite happy with that,” Chisnall told FF1600website.
“David and I work together, so I speak to him a lot about racing,” he said about his return. “He is not here today and he’s kindly let me have a run in his car.
“I always like to try and race a bit, as and when I can. I had a daughter last year so family life gets in the way.”
Chisnall, who also finished third in the 2010 National Club FFord championship and has raced only occasionally in recent years, said adapting to the Medina had been a learning curve after predominantly driving Van Diemens previously.
“The Medina’s handling characteristics are slightly different so we’re just getting used to it. I think David is still getting used to it as well so it’s a bit of change,” Chisnall said.
“It is a quick car but it wants a slightly different driving style. I’ve not quite teased out exactly how to drive it yet but it’s been good enough to be able to see the people leading the race, which is nice, and keep ahead of some of the others”.
He again ran third in the second race behind McArthur and Wolfenden, before a last-lap collision between the lead pair resulted in Chisnall crashing heavily after trying to avoid Wolfenden’s spinning Firman.
“I don’t own a car anymore so it’s just when the opportunities come up and they are offered,” Chisnall added about any further racing plans. “Hopefully once or maybe twice a year”.