Fiona James – Back behind the wheel

Our founder & MD, Fiona James was back behind the wheel this weekend at Circuit Zandvoort alongside her teammates, Cor Esur & Nina Pothof!

Our founder & MD, Fiona James was back behind the wheel at Circuit Zandvoort towards the end of October alongside teammates Cor Esur & Nina Pothof. With straws drawn for qualifying, Fiona started in Pole, amongst modern machinery with the latest traction control providing an advantage in very tricky conditions after heavy rain overnight.

It wasn’t long till a red flag brought a temporary pause to proceedings as the rain continued to fall.  Once racing resumed, Fiona and the team made steady progress, with Nina & Cor both doing solid stints, Cor’s strong pace had brought the car up to 4th place by the 3 hour mark.

By the time Fiona entered the car for her second stint, third gear had developed problems and Fiona had to rapidly adapt her driving to ensure the gearbox wouldn’t sustain further critical damage, with clever gear changing and throttle application. Fiona produced another stellar performance with strong pace and she pitted after 55 minutes for fuel and a fresh set of tires

However, once Cor returned to the wheel of the BMW after Fiona’s stint, 4th gear became increasingly difficult to access and Cor was forced to retire 10 laps in after a valiant effort.  Although the weekend may not have ended the way Fiona had envisioned, to see her back behind the wheel and flying the flag for Walero!