Beast Racing’s presence in the weekly BSR MX-5 Series – taking place on Tuesday nights – had been noticed by regulars to the Championship (be it Drivers or Viewers), thanks to the efforts of Jordan Giddings and Taylor Lane. Both drivers have so far enjoyed success with multiple wins in the series’ AM class, after three weeks of the “Winter Series” – one of four parts to the championship’s year-long running.
For the fourth instalment, the teams travelled to Autodromo di Nazionale Monza for four races, which were bound to provide a feast of slipstreaming, kerb-hopping excitement. Jordan qualified at the top of the AM Class – 17th overall – with Taylor struggling to click with the car, down in 30th overall. He would be available for three of the four races over the course of the evening.
In Race one, Jordan had an undisturbed, clean run from lights to flag, unaffected by the sea of Pro Class drivers around him. He gained places and ended up taking the AM Class win comfortably, 12th overall, with his next rival finishing 16th. Taylor couldn’t find opportunities to make ground with the oh-so-powerful slipstream really coming into play at the Italian circuit. He would cross the line 29th overall.
For Race two, the Reverse Grid wasn’t too harsh on Jordan who would start 23rd. Taylor benefited from his tough first race to line up 6th. Unfortunately neither driver was able to capitalise as first lap incidents brought both of their races to an end.
The penultimate race of the night had Taylor and Jordan starting 34th and 36th respectively, so it was going to be a course of damage limitation. After avoiding first lap incident this time, both drivers started to get into a groove and make places, but once again the nature of Monza limited their progress. Jordan eventually coming home 30th and Taylor being taken out of the race by another incident. His disappointing night was over as he wouldn’t be taking part in the fourth race.
Jordan got a real lucky break with the Reverse Grid for Race four, starting in 4th place. He would keep his cool for each lap, staying on pace with the Pro Class drivers and even take the overall race lead at points. AM Class rival Roy Vervaeke started closing in as the leaders battled however, so Jordan played the patient game, dialled it back a bit and stayed ahead to the end, getting his second AM Class victory of the evening! A great result after the night was earlier turned on its head.
“I would describe tonight as a ‘Tiger Bread Nutella Sandwich of racing’ – I had a great Race 1 and Race 4, with shocking results in the second and third. However, I got only my second BSR Podium in Race 4 so I came away from that, very happy.” -Jordan
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