Josh Caygill endured a frustrating visit to Spa-Francorchamps over the weekend during the fifth event of the 2014 Milltek Sport Volkswagen Racing Cup, the Netherton racer battling into the top 12 from the back of the grid in race two after being forced out of race one with ongoing wiring issues.
Going into the UK-based championship’s sole overseas event of the season fourth in the standings and aiming to maintain his superb consistency, the Volkswagen Scirocco driver instead had to focus on a damage limitation exercise following the dramas of the opening contest on Friday, 11th July.
The weekend as a whole was a near write-off for the 24-year-old from the outset, his car constantly cutting out during practice and qualifying to leave him with less than 10 laps under his belt from the first four track sessions.
With the unresolved issue also forcing an early retirement from race one, Caygill had to start the second encounter on Saturday, 12th July, from the back but his impressive charge through into the top 12 enabled him to round-out the weekend sixth in the points table with four races remaining.
“It’s not been a great weekend to say the least, but I was happy enough with my performance in race two”, said the second year VW racer, “We only managed about seven laps between the test on Thursday and Saturday’s race, we had electrical problems throughout so had no practice to speak of.
“In the end it turned out there was a loose wire under the steering column, the team found it before Saturday’s race but the rest of the weekend was a bit of a write-off. I had three laps in the wet in session one on Thursday, two laps on slicks on a damp track in session two and then we missed the third practice completely. It wasn’t the weekend we wanted that’s for sure!”
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