Bridgman motors ahead in championship
PUBLISHED: 12:37 16 August 2007 | UPDATED: 21:46 29 May 2010
Tim Bridgman extended his lead at the top of the Visma Formula Palmer Audi Championship at Oulton Park at the weekend. The Dunmow driver was fifth in round 14, but improved to finish second in round 15 and now leads Stefan Wilson by 44 points. I felt I h
Tim Bridgman extended his lead at the top of the Visma Formula Palmer Audi Championship at Oulton Park at the weekend.
The Dunmow driver was fifth in round 14, but improved to finish second in round 15 and now leads Stefan Wilson by 44 points.
"I felt I had a bad weekend, but everyone else had a worse one," said the Laser Motor Company backed driver.
"It's a very difficult circuit, very thin and bumpy, and hard to set your car up and people struggled.
"I go into every race to increase the points total though so I'm pleased I did that."
It almost went horribly wrong for Bridgman in the first race of the weekend when on lap two, he had a massive spin on the way into Cascades. However, he managed to get his car back on track to secure fifth place with Wilson taking top spot.
"I had a big spin when I was running in fourth place at 130mph, but I kept my foot planted, went down a gear and managed to keep going only losing one place," he said.
"Fifth place was lucky really considering the spin."
In round 15 it was a straight fight to the first corner between Jolyon Palmer and Bridgman, with the Dunmow driver losing out.
Bridgman kept the pressure up throughout the race, and was pleased to pick up valuable championship points.
"I had a strong car and feel I could have passed the leader, but I decided to just bring it home after seeing my nearest challenger Stefan in the barriers.
"I was happy with the car set up and I'm hoping I can take that into the next race.
Next up are rounds 16 and 17 at Donington on September 1-2.
"Donington is a good circuit for me and I won the BMW Championship there," said
Bridgman. "It's one of my favourites circuits and I've got the advantage as I have been there lots and won lots of races."
Bridgman is looking forward to the rest of the season and is determined he will clinch the championship. "I'm confident that I can go on and win it." he said.
"The first half of the year I was going for race wins, but in the last quarter I'm changing my tactic and am going for championship points and won't take any unnecessary risks.