Raw Motorsports Boss wins in the Revolution
Raw Motorsport boss, Rob Wheldon took two outright wins in the Sports Prototype Cup at Donington on Sunday, driving the Revolution in difficult conditions as rain showers brought experience, driving skill and the Revolution’s handling qualities to the fore.
‘The Revolution is very good in the wet,’ Rob said at the end if the meeting. ‘It’s a car that inspires confidence and when conditions are like this, you can really exploit it. I’ve been involved in the development programme through the winter and it’s very rewarding to now win races in it.’
In a dry qualifying session late on Saturday afternoon, Wheldon had planted his yellow and black Revolution firmly on the front row in this multi-marque championship, and then took the lead at the start of race one, which also began in the dry. Over the first few laps that lead was extended to around four seconds over James Abbott in his Revolution, as he held off the rest of the Sports Prototype pack.
And then the rain began to fall. Not heavily enough to prompt a switch to wet tyres, but enough to make the track slippery and requiring maximum concentration from the drivers. Rob maintained the gap and with three quarters of the race run, the red flags came out with several cars from further down the field having succumbed to the conditions and slithered into gravel traps. With only a short period of the race remaining, it wasn’t restarted, meaning the race one trophy was Rob’s.
For the second encounter, light rain began to fall before the start and most of the field opted for wet weather tyres this time – and it was the right call, as the rain became heavier as the lights went out and the race began. Now Rob was really able to show what the Revolution can do, as he drove away from the field and leading by 12 seconds after 7 laps. With that kind of advantage, it enabled Rob to claim another untroubled win.
The final race of the day, a 50-minute encounter with compulsory pit-stop, also began in wet conditions and once more Rob leapt away at the start the start. However, this race was to play out differently as the rain had stopped and the track was quickly drying. James Abbott in another Revolution gambled on slicks, and although he dropped back in the opening stages, he didn’t require a tyre change in the pitstop and therefore headed the field and took the final win of the day. Rob meanwhile was able to grab the BRM Speed award for the fastest lap of the weekend.