SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Blake Angliss tore up the Silverstone track last weekend in an impressive showing in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge.
The Coventry racer was appearing for a second time for Richardson Racing, having made his debut at Donington Park a week previously, and recorded two finishes of seventh in qualifying followed by two top-ten places over the two-round weekend.
Blake secured a place on the fourth row of the grid after the first qualifying race, finishing just half a second slower than Championship leader and teammate Josh Malin.
He took that form into the 11th round of the competition, although a finish lower down the rankings looked possible after dropping to 11th on lap 14.
But the rookie was unnerved and finished strongly, fighting his way back into ninth in the final laps for a new personal best finish.
And going into round 12, Angliss grew in confidence, rising to sixth on the third lap and maintaining his position in the field at the finishing flag.
With two more competitive races under his belt, and with a return to Silverstone on the horizon for the season finale, Angliss says he is fully focused on continuing his development going forward.
“I’ve made a massive improvement compared to my debut, and I’m really pleased with how things have gone,” he said.
“Each time we have gone out I’ve improved and got quicker, and I’m chuffed with P6 to end the weekend – I didn’t expect that.
“Coming into the weekend I already knew the circuit as I’d driven here before and I also didn’t have the nerves that I had on my debut, so I could just focus on my driving.
“I was able to push my limits a bit more and have picked up two really good top-ten finishes as a result. It’s a great thing to now build on when we come back to Silverstone for the final rounds.”