MACDOWALL WINS AGAIN AS REMARKABLE BREEZE TAKES COMEBACK PODIUM Alex MacDowall took his first ever ELF Renault Clio Cup 'clean sweep' during round nine of the season at Croft in North Yorkshire this afternoon, Saturday, 13th June, by claiming...
MACDOWALL WINS AGAIN AS REMARKABLE BREEZE TAKES COMEBACK PODIUM
Alex MacDowall took his first ever ELF Renault Clio Cup 'clean sweep' during round nine of the season at Croft in North Yorkshire this afternoon, Saturday, 13th June, by claiming pole position, his second career victory and also the fastest lap of the race.
Total Control Racing's lead championship contender, who has now won two of the last three races, fought off a determined bid for the lead at the start by series leader Philip Glew and from that point on was never headed all the way to the chequered flag on lap 12.
Taking pole position by a very impressive two 10ths of a second with a lap of 1m31.968 seconds (83.18mph) -- the only driver to dip below the 1m32 second barrier of course -- MacDowall also secured pole for round 10 which will take place at Croft tomorrow, Sunday, 14th June.
Team-mate Mike Robinson continued his excellent recent form by finishing in fourth place, the result lifting him into the top five in the driver standings and backing up a terrific podium at Oulton Park a fortnight ago. Starting third on the grid, Robinson was edged back into fourth on the first lap by experienced Clio Cup returnee Stefan Hodgetts but remained close behind right up to the finish.
More celebrations came with a career best Clio Cup result of sixth position for Daniel Lloyd, the team newcomer climbing through the order very well indeed from 10th on the grid and even looking like he may have taken fifth place at one point. For Sam Tordoff, round nine wasn't the most fortunate of races and he ended up taking the chequered flag in 13th position.
Looking back on the first day at Croft, TCR team principal Lee Brookes commented: "We're delighted for Alex he's won again, he drove really well and against some very tough opposition too with (Philip) Glew and also Stefan Hodgetts back out there -- two vastly experienced drivers. To beat them really was a fantastic effort.
"Mike did a great job in fourth and even though Stefan got by him early on, his stayed with him and was closing at the end which was very encouraging. Daniel is really coming on since he joined us and I've no doubt he'll be in a position to fight for podiums at the end of the year and possibly even before then. We're disappointed for Sam but he'll bounce back tomorrow."
Richly deserved G50 runner-up spot for injured Breeze Alongside TCR's excellent set of Clio results today, Carl Breeze produced an absolutely remarkable display during round 12 of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup. Following a massive accident during the previous event at Oulton Park two weeks ago, it did look extremely unlikely Breeze would even make it to Croft at all.
Not only did the erstwhile series leader arrive at the North Yorkshire venue on Friday for pre-event testing, he qualified second on the grid this morning and then took a battling second place in round 12 itself, even though he is still seriously struggling with major bruising and ligament damage.
Taking a huge amount of guts and determination, Breeze's performance was nothing short of exceptional and ensures he is still well in the fight for the 2009 crown having slipped only a single point behind race winner Nathan Freke.
Fulvio Mussi enjoyed a fine run to fourth place, equalling his season's best at the wheel of his 'YourRacingCar.com' entry while a little further behind, TCR's Danish racer Joachim Ritter was seventh to move up into the championship top 10.
Reflecting on today's G50 Cup action, Brookes added: "I think Carl really wanted to come back and win but to have done what he has so far this weekend is unbelievable after everything he's been through this last couple of weeks. He's still in a lot of pain, you just can't put into words how well he has done -- he deserves a huge amount of credit. On the whole it's been a fantastic day with Fulvio looking very good in fourth and Joachim seventh too, we're looking forward to tomorrow for sure."
TCR's first track action tomorrow, Sunday, 14th June, will come with the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup at 13.15 ahead of the 10th round of the ELF Renault Clio Cup at around 15.15. More Ginetta G50 action will conclude the day's timetable at 17.55. The first Ginetta race and the Clio Cup encounter are both set to be screened live on Freeview, cable and digital satellite channel ITV4.
For round 10 of the Clio Cup, MacDowall will start from pole position with Robinson third on the grid, Lloyd ninth and Tordoff 11th. For round 13 of the G50 Cup, Breeze is second on the grid with Mussi third and Ritter 11th.
Provisional 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup Standings (after Rd9): Drivers: 2nd Alex MacDowall, 239pts; 5th Mike Robinson, 147pts; 9th Daniel Lloyd, 104pts; 11th Sam Tordoff, 87pts Team: 2nd Total Control Racing, 400pts
Provisional 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup Standings (after Rd12 -- Rd11 yet to be rescheduled): Drivers: 2nd Carl Breeze, 335pts; 6th Fulvio Mussi, 146pts; 10th Joachim Ritter, 113pts Teams: 1st Total Control Racing, 510pts