by Richard Knowles
Aughton racing driver Sean Huyton moved up four places in Ginetta Supercup championship with three solid finishes in the second round at Donington Park.
The 24-year-old is now joint eighth following a weather-affected weekend of racing, which produced three different race winners and saw Huyton close to securing his first podium of the season.
He will be buoyed by his increased competitively and decision making, none more so than in the gamble to go with dry weather tyres in the third and final race on a damp track, when others opted for wet weather tyres.
That decision delivered his best finish this season, sixth place, and ensured he goes into the next round at Thruxton with improved knowledge of the car.
I really enjoyed the weekend of racing, although it would have been better to get closer to a podium finish, admitted Huyton.
Im learning new things with the car with every race and Im gaining confidence with every lap, but theres a long way to go this season.
All I can do now is focus on the next round of three races and hopefully get closer to a podium finish.
In race one Huyton struggled early on from his tenth place starting position, but battled it out to the flag with three others in a fight for sixth place, eventually settling for ninth.
Race two took place in heavy rain, with conditions meaning visibility was virtually none existent, but Huyton avoided any sliding cars on a slippery first lap to move up to sixth place.
A safety car following a big crash for Huytons Academy Motorsport team mate, Will Burns, meant the fight for a podium was delayed for a few laps.
As the rain eased off Huyton found himself with tyres that provided less grip, although he was in fifth place with just two laps left.
But when he reached the chequered flag his tyre issues meant he finished seventh, the grid place he would start the final race in.
Race three saw a scramble for dry weather tyres for a number of drivers and the bizarre situation of only five cars starting on the grid the others were in the pit lane having changed their wet tyres as the weather dried the track.
Huyton soon established himself at the back end of the top six, after the wet weather tyres proved the wrong choice for those who didnt changed them before the race started.
With no cars challenging him for sixth place, Huyton pushed for that elusive podium finish, but his moderate budget for the season hampered his progress the driver in front were on brand new tyres while Huyton had already used his in the first race.
The sixth place equalled his best finish in the opening race weekend at Brands Hatch and Huyton is hoping with more sponsorship his challenge on the championship leaders will become much stronger.
I really enjoyed the second and third races as it was proper close racing for a number of laps. I had to avoid trouble in race two at the start, but with no visibility it did need a bit of luck to avoid any major accidents, said Huyton.
The most frustrating thing to take from the weekend is my lack of new tyre choice, which means Im struggling to keep pace with some drivers through nothing more than financial resources.
I know with a little more help to buy new tyres and some testing time on track, I can challenge the current championship leaders in every race and push for my third championship in three seasons.
If any business or individual is interesting in a sponsorship package they can be made to suit the business or individuals requirements. Id welcome the chance to entertain prospective sponsors at the race meetings.
As with any sponsorship, access to my garage and the adrenalin-fuelled package of races that accompany the British Touring Car Championship are guaranteed, along with live footage on terrestrial TV in the UK.
My website has all the details for any interested sponsors and everyone who invests in my racing career can be assured Ill be investing in them too.
Until then Ill work with the guys at Academy Motorsport on certain aspects of the car and prepare for Thruxton.
Details of the Ginetta GT4 Supercup championship can be found on www.ginetta.com , with details of the timetable of each race weekend at www.btcc.net .
Huytons next race weekend is 3rd and 4th May at Thruxton, with live coverage of at least one race on ITV4 that weekend see www.btcc.net for exact details.
Alternatively follow Huyton on twitter at @SeanHuyton for all the latest news.
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