TCR ENDS 2009 SEASON WITH ANOTHER PODIUM FOR MACDOWALL Wednesbury-based Total Control Racing concluded the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup the same way it started the championship back in April, with an impressive podium finish for British Racing ...
TCR ENDS 2009 SEASON WITH ANOTHER PODIUM FOR MACDOWALL
Wednesbury-based Total Control Racing concluded the 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup the same way it started the championship back in April, with an impressive podium finish for British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Star Alex MacDowall on Sunday, 4th October, at Brands Hatch in Kent.
Off the back of a tremendous win during round 19, the Carlisle teenager chased 2009 champion Philip Glew hard and concluded the final race of the season on the full Grand Prix track just 0.320 seconds shy of another victory. Claiming a fine second place, the result marked MacDowall's 12th podium of the year as he solidified second place in the championship.
Team-mate Daniel Lloyd raced well to an excellent top seven finish, having started round 20 an uncharacteristic 15th on the grid, managing to avoid several incidents along the way to just miss out on a top 10 championship placing by a mere four points in the end.
Mike Robinson had to carve his way through from the back of the grid after problems in qualifying on Saturday but, like Lloyd, did a good job to avoid problems on-track and eventually finished in 10th position to consolidate sixth position in the driver standings.
For Sam Tordoff, meanwhile, the final race of the season ended with a disappointing retirement when the throttle bracket failed on his Clio. Even so, the category race winner managed to do more than enough in the first of the weekend's outings to secure eighth place in the standings. In terms of the Clio Cup entrant's championship, Lee Brookes' squad finishes the year as Vice-Champions.
TCR's Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup squad just missed out on a second podium of the weekend for the in-form Fulvio Mussi who took a nonetheless welcome fourth place finish during round 28 after a spirited drive. Pressing Tom Sharp hard for the final podium place, Mussi posted the fastest lap of the race on the 10th tour -- a lap of 1m32.731 seconds (89.32mph) -- gaining an extra point.
Undoubtedly the best of the team's G50 Cup racers at Brands Hatch this weekend, Mussi ends his first year in the championship fourth overall in the standings behind team-mate Carl Breeze in third place -- the latter having another difficult race meeting.
He did manage an eighth place finish during the final outing but the result was still disappointing for the seven-time race winner and former championship leader. Even so, third in the standings in his first year of G50 Cup racing isn't a bad result at all.
Danish driver Joachim Ritter concluded his maiden season in the championship with a 16th place finish after a robust final round. Involved in the thick of the action in the final third of the pack, he just missed out on a top 10 result in the standings by only seven points.
Looking back on the last day of the season, Lee Brookes said: "It was another good day in Clios for us with Alex on the podium again, he's done a superb job this weekend and showed he has the pace to be a champion. In the second race he had a problem with the car cutting out intermittently so he did well to overcome that.
"All the lads did well actually, Daniel raced well and bounced back strongly from the disappointment of Saturday while Mike and Sam did a good job -- it was such a shame for Sam to have the throttle bracket problem, an unfortunate end to a good year. Any of them can fight for the championship if they come back to Clios with us next year."
Brookes added: "In G50, Fulvio was impressive again and ended the season with a fantastic run of results. Unfortunately for Carl the end of the year wasn't what any of us wanted but to finish third in the championship is still good, especially after the huge accident he had earlier in the year.
"He did incredibly well to come back from that and still be a front-runner and race winner, at the time it was doubtful whether he'd complete the season -- that should be remembered. Joachim's had a good year and only just missed out on the championship top 10. For the team to win the entrant's title in our first year in Ginettas was a high point, all in all we're very pleased."
Final 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup Standings: Drivers: 2nd Alex MacDowall, 445pts; 6th Mike Robinson, 289pts; 8th Sam Tordoff, 261pts; 11th Daniel Lloyd, 215pts Teams: 2nd Total Control Racing, 870pts
Final 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup Standings: Drivers: 3rd Carl Breeze, 629pts; 4th Fulvio Mussi, 502pts; 11th Joachim Ritter, 273pts Teams: Champions -- Total Control Racing