The 1.55 mile Coastal Circuit in Anglesey was host to a fabulous weekend of racing. The picturesque location set the scene for a fantastic two days racing. The sun shone down and the atmosphere was splendid. Hughes was accompanied by her sponsor, Carl Syres, from Red Lime who captured qualifying and race 1 behind his camera.
Immediately, Hughes found Damien Harrington to draft with and he was of similar pace which meant in the first few minutes of qualifying, she was sat happy in P2. As qualifying went on, Hughes found her car felt slightly off the pace and slowly fell down the order. She mentioned: “To qualify on the 4th row of the grid when the car felt quite flat was very pleasing. With the top 10 cars all qualifying within 1 second, it was very tight.”
Initially, Hughes struggled to find grip with the tyres she had on and fell from P7 to P10 within a matter of laps.
“As the race progressed, the car really came to me and during the second half of the race, I had some fantastic battles and came through the order right upto 4th place – battling for a podium finish!”
Hughes made up a lot of time coming through Rocket, Peel and the Corkscrew which was where she made some incredible moves on her rivals picking off 6 cars in just 3 laps.
The grid was reversed from 7th place which sat Hughes P4 on the grid for race 2. After speaking to her Psychology coach, Dr Phil De Prez (PAS Training), Hughes had a phenomenally quick start and was running in P2 after turn 1. Alice was (unfortunately) noticeably slower and her competitors pulled away from her down the long straight from Church to Rocket.
Hughes mentions: “I could tell the car wasn’t 100% but this made me fight harder and harder into the corners. I fought that hard that in lap 11 of 12, I managed 0.2 off the fastest lap of the race. I had to change my style of driving to achieve this.” Hughes finished P9 in race 2 which was essential for her championship points.
On a more positive note….
The car is getting major development for Thruxton which includes a fresh engine and gearbox meaning Hughes will definitely be back on the pace for the next championship round.
Keep upto date with Alice’s progress here: