Young autistic racer Flashman Finneran enjoyed the best weekend of his debut year of car competition with an impressive performance at Silverstone during the penultimate meeting of the Kickstart Energy Ginetta Junior Championship season.The Newmarket racer went into the event keen to build on an encouraging display at Rockingham earlier in the month and was confident of being able to push towards the midfield pack to challenge for solid points finishes.An impressive drive in qualifying saw the Tollbar Racing man post the 16th quickest time, barely a second away from pole-sitter James Kellett, and he was soon making up places when the race got underway to climb to 13th by the end of lap three.Although shuffled back to 15th, Flashman again battled his way forwards and had just moved into the top twelve when contact from behind tipped him into a spin on lap nine of eleven; dropping him to dead last on track.A 17th place finish wasn't a fair reflection on his performance and left Flashman to wonder what might have been, but he was able to more than make up for the disappointment in race two.Although he got slightly bogged down when the lights went out and slipped back from his starting position of 15th, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as Flashman was then able to avoid a multi-car clash at Becketts and came through a chaotic opening lap having jumped all the way up to seventh spot.
Showing his pace and potential in the early part of the race, Flashman was one of the quickest drivers on track as he fought hard for position and although he would be demoted back to tenth by the finish, it marked his best result in the series so far.
It also meant Flashman achieved his goal of breaking into the top ten with one round and two races still to run this season.“I’m really pleased because that’s the best race I’ve had so far,” he said. “It made up for race one because that was going well until I got hit and had a spin. I was up to twelfth and thought I was going to get my best finish so I was disappointed to not get it.“In race two I got a really bad start but it turned out to be good thing because all of a sudden there was a pile-up in front of me and I could pick my way through.“Running towards the front helped me because I was being pulled along and I think I drove better than if I’d been at the back. It’s a big thing for me to get into the top ten and it gives me more confidence for the final round.
"I've said all year that I wanted to get into the top ten and now I've done it, it feels brilliant. I hope I can do it again at Brands Hatch."