Derek Palmer endures ‘character building’ weekend

Derek PalmerDerek Palmer continued his BTCC education at Knockhill last weekend however it turned out to be an eighth meeting of 2015 to forget.

Making his maiden appearance on home soil in the series, the Support Our Paras Racing driver entered the event looking to continue his form from Snetterton, where he achieved a maiden points finish for the Infiniti squad.

Qualifying P24, the Scotsman found himself in the wars around the tight, twisty 1.3 mile circuit – retiring from races one and three due to contact. Despite finishing race two, an incident with the Toyota Avensis of Robb Holland relegated the rookie a lap down and out of contention of further points.

“This is the first weekend that the pace of the car has been very, very good,” said Palmer. “The car felt very strong right through the whole weekend. The pace was there, but the frustrating thing was we just couldn’t translate it into a result.

“The boys did an absolutely fantastic job all weekend, and they deserved far more than what we got. The balance of the car was good, and it felt strong; and but for the actions of a couple of other drivers, we’d have delivered some really strong results.”

“Naturally it’s been disappointing, but in motorsport sometimes you get race weekends like this. The main thing is we dust ourselves down and come back out fighting ready to deliver on-track when we head to Rockingham in a fortnight.”

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