Century Motorsport works driver, Nathan Freke, competed in the Walter
Hayes Trophy Meeting at Silverstone 7/8/9-11-03. The weekend was fraught
with mechanical problems in testing culminating in 4 bent exhaust valves
on Friday. The Century team worked late into the night to repair the head
for timed practice on Saturday. Unfortunately whilst the valve problem
was cured the engine remained about 25% down on power during the meeting.
Nathan qualified 11th for the first heat and finished 9th on the track
with the car handling inconsistently, this meant pole position in the
last chance race. Sunday morning came and the track conditions were dry
for the start which Nathan led off the line to produce a faultless display
to win by 5 seconds from cars which were far quicker in a straight line.
This put Nathan into the first semi final on grid 13 and after a race
long tussle he finished 10th to gain a place in the final on grid 20.
By now the rain had arrived and the track was soaked. The start threw
up huge amounts of spray, but Nathan held his nerve and by the end of
the first lap he had gained 4 places. 2 more places on the next lap and
out come the pace flags for 2 laps, unfortunately the leader of the group
in front of Nathan was not able to keep up with the leading group to capitalise
on the flags. After the green flag Nathan continued his progress with
some excellent overtaking manoeuvers to finish in 8th place and 2nd in
class. An excellent result with an under powered engine and poor rubber.