Mid-race contact costs Toth-Jones at Croft

Alex Toth-Jones in action. Photo: Jakob Ebrey .
Alex Toth-Jones in action. Photo: Jakob Ebrey .
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Castle Bytham rookie racer Alex Toth-Jones has been in action for Richardson Racing in the latest rounds of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Croft.

He claimed 17th and 13th-place finishes for the team in front of a bumper crowd at the North Yorkshire circuit.

For Alex, the weekend was expected to be a challenge as he had no new tyres available as part of his allocation for the season.

He qualified for race one in 14th position and was making his way through the field.

However, contact from behind at the hairpin on lap two demoted him to almost the rear of the field.

He recovered to finish in 17th place, from where he began race two.

Alex showed pace comparable with a number of the top 10 runners as he took the flag in 13th place.

“The fact I didn’t have new tyres for this weekend meant I was on the back foot, especially in qualifying, but I think I drove well in the races and our pace was good,” he said.

“It’s just unfortunate that the incident in race one hampered my chances.

“The start had been good and I felt we had a car that was good enough for the top 10 but then I just got turned round at the final corner.

“The fact that the other driver was reprimanded afterwards tells its own story, but unfortunately it didn’t help me get back the result.”