Newark's Nick Croydon Fowler shows no fear as he seals Cadwell Park win in Mini Seven Challenge series
Nick Croydon Fowler said he put on the best race of his life at Cadwell Park to take the win in the latest round of the Mini Seven Challenge series.
The Newark driver managed P5 in the opening race, and looked back in frustration having been too cautious over the 11 lap contest.
However, he learned from his mistakes and drove perfectly to take the chequered flag with a 0.2 second lead in race two — his first win of the series.
“I went into the weekend very excited, and in testing on Thursday evening I showed great pace as I matched the lap record on old tyres,” said Croydon Fowler. “I felt at one with the circuit.”
However, the driver failed to take that form into qualifying the follow day as he struggled to find space in a packed grid, which saw him qualify in P5.
“It was a great start (in race one) to put me up to P4, but avoiding a car coming back on to the circuit cost me a position and all I could muster was to follow the train to finish P5.
“I was waiting to attack on any mistakes but I didn’t have the pace to complete a move.
“I was over cautious and I didn’t drive my own race.”
But for race two, the Mini Seven driver changed his mindset.
“I had nothing to lose,” he said.
“I made a big set up change as I was chasing understeer due to the track temperature, and I knew the car would either feel amazing or terrifying. The good news was it was perfect.”
The Newark driver quickly took third after the second turn and followed it up with another overtake on lap two. He then traded places with leader Joe Thompson, but had to shake off Geoff Smith as the drivers battled for first.
“I was putting in the best laps of my life and I even took a second off my best previous time, but he (Smith) still got right on to my bumper with three laps to go.
“I was defending where necessary while going flat out everywhere else and I managed to just cross the line to take the chequered flag with just less than a 0.2 second lead.
“It was the best race of my life against some incredible drivers. It doesn’t get much better than Mini Seven racing around Cadwell Park.”
Croydon Fowler now sits third in the championship.
“I am well in the fight, ”he said.
“I need to keep the bar raised and get consistent wins and podiums to keep the fight alive, but I’ll be giving it everything.
“I will try and find a sponsor to help get more speed out of the car, some new tyres and a little more engine development, which would help take the fight to the others.”
Croydon Fowler returns to action in four weeks’ time at Brands Hatch.