September 29th, 2016

Title defence takes a tumble for Andy Cummings

ANDY Cummings and his co-driver Bradley Ellis endured a weekend to forget at Silverstone as their defence of the European Radical Masters Championship came to an abrupt end.

Meriden-based Cummings had high hopes for a positive set of results on home soil, but no sooner had the weekend’s racing began before Cummings was forced back to the pits to retire with only the opening lap completed.

“It kept cutting out on me and when it’s going we need more pace against the works SR3’s as they seem to have the speed here,” said Andy, who qualified eighth in his class.

“I managed two corners and they were fabulous. I had a mega start and was tucked in behind Belshaw. It felt comfortable and all seemed well until Nouri slid straight into me.

“There was a lot of damage so I couldn’t continue and it was back to the pits to retire and get it fixed for the second race.”

Everything seemed okay at the start of the second race and after holding the class lead from pole position on the opening lap, Cummings was down to third a lap later but still well in contention for a podium place.

“I had got away well, but still wasn’t focused after the first race incident,” he explained.

Cummings continued to push on until the fourth lap when his race came to a premature end in the gravel.

“I just took too much kerb going into the Maggotts and Becketts Corner sequence and that was me off and out of the race,” he said.

Andy and Bradley now journey to the Red Bull Ring in Austria for the next rounds of the Championship, where they will not have any success penalties added to their pitstop times, following the two non-finishes.

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