Fongenie improved on his first race result, but was a fairly solitary 15th.
Sweetnam made it into the top six in qualifying for Sunday’s Enduro, but felt he could have done better. “I was on my fastest lap on the very last lap, but then came across double yellow flags and had to back off,” he explained, but was just 0.2 secs off the second row of the grid.
Rain clouds threatened as the cars headed for the assembly area and it was a last-minute decision to change back from wets to slicks for the race. But as the race got underway the rain started and got heavier.
Sweetnam had managed to settle in third from the opening lap though. “I got a great start, but the rain kept coming and I had a huge spin at Copse on the third lap, so came into the pits to change to wets,” he said.
It was almost becoming a lottery, but then the sun came out and the compulsory pitstops followed.
Sweetnam had settled in a strong fourth, but a late safety car intervention made it a three-lap sprint to the flag.
He made it into third exiting Luffield on the last lap, but received another post-race penalty for a safety car indiscretion. With 30 seconds added on it dropped him to 10th, with Fongenie 21st, after just losing out in a racelong duel with Elliott Goodman.
The next round of the Championship is at Oulton Park on August 13th.
Published by Peter Scherer for 360 Racing, August 1st, 2022