On Wednesday, the Steelbacks travelled to Silverstone Race Circuit to take on the Saints, Cobblers and a team made up of auction winners, in a number of driving challenges. The day was in order to raise money for Northampton General Hospital.
The plan for the afternoon was for all teams to drive the Formula Silverstone single seaters around the Stowe Complex circuit and then drive Caterham 7’s, with awards going to the fastest drivers and team. Unfortunately due to the severe fog at Silverstone causing poor visibility, no one was able to drive the single seaters around the circuit, so the prizes were only for the Caterham’s.
The Steelbacks had the first go at driving the Caterham’s, with their three practice runs providing various results. The lighter side of the practice runs saw James Middlebrook stall straight away, as well as Alex Wakely and second team coach Phil Rowe getting a little lost and taking alternative routes around the circuit. But despite this, there were some impressive practice laps and the team were ready for their timed lap.
James Middlebrook was the first one to set a timed lap, followed by Wakely who set the quickest time, but looked worried as Steven Crook looked quick in practice. However Crook just missed out on Wakely’s time, as did Phil Rowe and Ben Duckett who followed, making Wakely the quickest Steelback.
After the fog refused to clear, the awards were given out for the fastest team and fastest driver. The Steelbacks were delighted to hear that they won the team award. There was then further adulation as Alex Wakely was announced as the fastest driver. This topped a great day at Silverstone for the team, who all expressed their interest in returning to complete unfinished business, and drive the single seaters.