Rob Sayell is looking forward to racing his Formula Jedi at his home circuit of Snetterton at the weekend for rounds five and six of the BRSCC championship.
Lynn-based Sayell is still on target for a top 10 championship place this season after a successful round at Rockingham Motor Speedway in May.
Prior to the event Rob and father Harry had fitted a new dry sump oil system to the engine which lowered the oil and water temperatures resulting in extra power from the 1000cc motorbike engine.
After failing the mandatory noise test on the way to qualifying a new silencer had to be fitted leaving Rob just eight of the usual 20 minutes to set a grid time.
He qualified eighth from 15 cars and after a lightning start was up to fourth by the first corner.
As the 20 minute race ensued Sayell was only passed by former Jedi champion Lee Morgan (who finished runner up) and the team was delighted with fifth place, his best result in the series’ championship class to date.
With a new set of slick tyres and a full 20 minutes for qualifying on Sunday, Sayell found a further half second lap pace to qualify seventh.
However a slower start, a few bad corners and being put out wide meant he dropped back down the grid, finishing in a solid eighth place and still in contention with the leading pack.
He said: “It felt like I worked extremely hard for the eighth place and initially was a bit disappointed. By then I realised how little separated the top eight cars and that just 1/10th of a second would have made me fifth.”
After four rounds Sayell is in seventh place in the Jedi championship and is optimistic for the next outing.
“I was really impressed with the increase in power compared to my last visit to Rockingham when I was able to make up ground in the infield section only to be left behind by the main contenders on the long straights,” Rob added.
“I was able to pressure front runners and my pace was excellent. Snetterton is one of my favourite circuits and I am hoping for some good results in front of my local sponsors Wesigns and Gascraft.”