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Last Updated: Apr 20, 2016 09:17pm
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By Sara Turner
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Turner travelled to Mallory Park in April to take his MSA National B racing test ( ARDS) so that he can fulfil his goal being a circuit racing driver. He has been preparing over the winter months for the thorough assessment that took place with the Motor Sports School. Olly passed the theory, and took a series of four driving sessions in a Renault Clio. With a convincing pass, having impressed with his speed, accuracy and quick application of feedback, Turner passing the test at the very earliest at thirteen and a half, now can race from fourteen years on track like Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Donnington. Olly continues his Auto Enginuity backed campaign however this year.

Having left home on Saturday in a snow blizzard and encountering 4 seasons in one day the JASCARs travelled to Swaffham Raceway in Norfolk for round 2 of the All Star Championship. Practice was in both the wet and the dry, but eventually the weather settled in  as very wet and filthy for the 3 races Saturday evening. Struggling with condensation and poor vision Olly Turner in the #22 Power Maxed, Goodsign and Morris oil supported car drove within the limits of the tyres, the track and brought the car back safely. Frustrated with the poor vision, the team removed windscreen on safety grounds  for the final. Turner found pace again in the last race but contact with another  car caused a spin, so Olly finished near the back.

Day two was a different story weather wise, but still full of drama. Back onto slicks and a quick wash of all the cars in the pits, heat one, Olly was clearly more comfortable. The stock cars made a fast start and Turner fought hard to keep his front row position, was [censored] in second when unfortunately the car engine had to be shut off. “ I was racing at a great pace when I heard the engine racing further, knowing something was wrong and the car possibly experiencing the effects of the day before.... it could have been anything causing the problem, so I cut the engine and slowed to a safe place on the outside of the track”. It wasn’t until back in the pit the team realised the chain had snapped. Thankfully having done the sensible thing the team and other parents got the car back for heat two. Again starting off the front Turner managed to hold his lead to the finish picking up some much needed points after the previous DNF and one in the first meeting at Birmingham two weeks ago. The final of the Speed Weekend culminated in an exciting race. It was wide open with different winners all weekend for the young drivers. A strong start from Turner and fellow Hot Rod driver battled it out for a win for Lord and a strong second for Olly. After what was a hard weekend Turner was delighted to come away with some silverware for being persistent and working well with the car to get the most he could from it.

The next JASCAR meeting is back to Birmingham on the 7th May and the 4th June the last meetings before the highly anticipated double header for the Scottish Championship at Lochgelly on the 11/12th June. For more information on Olly Turner and ways you can sponsor this local, young talent on his future journey please visit www.ollyturnerracing.co.uk

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