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The heat is on for West Norfolk racing driver in Civic Cup

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Dersingham-based Civic Cup Racer Phil Wright was back in action competing at Oulton Park near Chester.

With temperatures nudging 45 degrees on the track, Wright set out for his qualifying session and managed to secure third position on the grid.

On the way back to the paddock he felt a knock from the steering and after an hour of investigation he discovered that the drive shafts had failed probably due to the extreme heat.

Phil Wright in Civic Cup action at Oulton Park. Picture: Andrew Paton AJP Photography. (49625006)
Phil Wright in Civic Cup action at Oulton Park. Picture: Andrew Paton AJP Photography. (49625006)

This gave Wright and his team just 50 minutes to change them before race one.

Lining up on the second row, Wright slipped a little off the line but secured fourth position behind Tonks.

By the end of the opening lap Wright was pressuring Tonks for the last podium step but a huge lock up and slide around Druids Corner dropped him back by a couple of seconds and Wright crossed the line in fourth place.

Upon returning to the Paddock Wright again discovered more car woes, finding out that the driveshaft seals had failed again.

After a further frantic 40 minutes, they had the car ready to go a few seconds before the last call to the grid.

Lining up seventh for the reverse grid, race two saw Wright get away well to retain seventh spot.

He next competes in the Hot Hatch Championship at Silverstone on Saturday, August 7, and at Anglesey in the Civic Cup on Sunday, August 8, which is available to watch live on motorsport.tv.

Wright is supported by Luke Loades, of Rounce and Evans Property Management, and Jordan Cribb of Vertex Architecture.

Thanks also go to Selina Automotive, All Signs and The Anglia Tool Centre.

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