Four races, four wins. In one of the most eventful races in More Female Racers history, Aenore Rose continues her title-defending campaign with another double success at Silverstone. The two British races share the same winner in the Am class as well, with newcomer Penelope Dobbins stealing the show after missing the Zolder round.
Another two wins in the bag for Rose
Start from pole position, take the chequered flag first twice, and repeat. Rose’s Monday evening routine in this sixth season of More Female Racers might look boring, but behind her success there is a lot of effort, starting from the deep focus in the early stages of the races.
“I try not to think at the start. You overthink, you overshoot the first corner every time”, Rose told The SimGrid. “I focus on sticking as close as it is legally possible to the car behind, push them as much as you can out of the line to try and get the advantage out of turn 1”.
On a track that does not suit her as much as some others, as Rose revealed during her post-race interview, the defending champion managed to keep the winning streak alive. But with three races to go, the drop round rule and a large field, nothing is set in stone. Especially if we consider what other racers showed on the track.
Gates’ defensive masterclass holds off Thomson
Alexa Gates and Victoria Thomson basically had a duel that never stopped throughout the racing evening. Starting from P2 and P3, they finished both races holding their initial positions, but with some intense tense fights which ended with the final chequered flag drop.
Gates and Thomson were not much far off Rose’s pace, but the fight for position obviously slowed them down. “It can get pretty intense when all you have to think about is the car behind you”, Gates explained. “But this has been one of my strengths for years now”.
Her words perfectly describe what we saw on track. Thomson desperately tried to get past Gates for the entirety of races 1 and 2, but the latter was superb in making the best of her track position advantage by putting the car in the right spot.
Acosta, Dove and Foster spice up the midfield
While so far the podium positions have been occupied only by Rose, Gates and Thomson, behind this trio there has been a lot of action going on, keeping the broadcasting team busy. Sara Dove ended up in P4 following a dramatic last-second overtake on Anna Foster that saw the two bang tires through Luffield – Foster managed to just about keep the position at the end of the drag race to the finish line with Denise Pope.
Race 2 had a similar screenplay, but with a different, disastrous, ending for Foster. Once again, she defended P4 for the entirety of the race, keeping at bay the likes of Dove and Acosta until the final lap. Acosta tried an audacious move down the inside at Village, going three wide with a backmarker. The latter then spun around Foster by tapping her on the back and putting her down in P6. Acosta and Dove finished fourth and fifth.
Dobbins dominates AM class, looks set for promotion
Penelope Dobbins debuted in the AM category at Silverstone, but this could already be her last race in the class. Pole position, two race wins, but most importantly a pace that matched the Pro midfield runners. During both races, Dobbins looked ready for the promotion by staying close to the upper-class entries.
If Dobbins is promoted to the Pro class, things will potentially get interesting at the front of the Am class. In race 1, Lisa Louise flexed her pace and finished in P2 with a comfortable margin over Maya Laferla and Maryn Edwards. But when it looked like Louise could repeat herself in race 2, she got involved in contact with Skylar Vixen. A 10 seconds time penalty deprived her of a podium spot. On the contrary, Laferla and Edwards benefited from it, ending respectively in P2 and P3.
Round 2 is in the books, but we can’t wait for the next to come! In two weeks’ time, More Female Racers will visit another iconic track. We are going to Italy, more specifically to Imola – a demanding track that is definitely going to give us some more twists and turns. Tune in on Monday 1st of May on The Sim Grid YouTube channel and don’t miss the any of the action!