James Crawshaw, winner of the 2018 Want2Race competition, kicked off his season’s racing in perfect fashion with a pair of maiden wins at Saturday’s Ginetta Racing Drivers Club meeting at Rockingham.
Both of the event’s races saw Crawshaw battling closely with the 2018 Want2Race runner-up Stephen Docker, who finished both closely behind in P2 on the day to complete a dominant display by drivers from the W2R stable.
The duo’s battling began in the early-morning qualifying session, where Docker clinched pole position ahead of Crawshaw – the pair being the only drivers in the field to lap in the 2:01s in challenging damp and cold weather conditions at the Corby circuit.
Crawshaw converted his front-row start into the race lead by the end of lap one, but Docker didn’t let him get away. The pair were relishing a close fight for the lead, but they had to bide their time for several laps when the safety car came out to allow for the recovery of another competitors’ car that had gone off. In the end, the positions didn’t change when racing resumed, with Crawshaw crossing the line just 1.6 seconds ahead of Docker.
Race two began in opposite fashion to race one, with Docker springing from second to first on the opening lap ahead of Crawshaw. The latter had soon reversed the positions, though, and with no safety-car interruptions this time around, he was able to concentrate on building a lead, sitting two seconds clear of Docker by the end of lap five. Docker fought back and reduced the gap, but Crawshaw responded and had it back up to the two seconds by the time the chequered flag fell after eight laps of hard racing.
James Crawshaw, race winner, said; "To win both of my first ever car races is a dream come true. Steve pushed me all the way over the weekend and congratulations to him also. The whole experience was such fun and I cannot wait to get back out on the track at Snetterton next month."
Ben Hyland, W2R team boss, said; "We had strong pace in testing in awful conditions so I knew we had a good set up and the drivers were confident. Steve put in a brilliant lap for Pole, with James showing us once agin he's a class act by winning his first two races. Well done to all GRDC competitors for putting on such a good display."
Following their thoroughly successful visit to Rockingham, Crawshaw and Docker’s next stop on the GRDC schedule takes them to Snetterton in Norfolk on 26-27 May is the next stop on the GRDC schedule for Crawshaw and Docker.