Michael Mallock drives to victory for RML Historic
Michael Mallock had a very successful weekend in the Marsh Plant Aston Martin DB4 at the first of the Aston Martin Owners Club (AMOC) meetings of the season at Brands Hatch, Kent on Monday. He put in a winning performance to take overall victory in the AMOC race and battled hard in the Intermarque event to take 2nd place overall and the class win.
Starting the AMOC race from pole position Michael made a cautious start and initially lost the lead. He grabbed it back though before the first lap was complete and pushed hard to open up a 6 second lead. He drove cleanly to the finish and despite backing off in the late stages of the race to save his tyres for race two he clinched victory with just over 10 seconds to spare.
The Intermarque race took a rolling start and from the 3rd row of the grid Michael was quickly on the move. A daring move around the daunting paddock bend on lap one saw him leap into 2nd position. He soon took the lead from Charlie Kemp in his DB4 and pushed hard as the Porsche 993 of Brian Robinson also came through to take 2nd place from Charlie and was now hot on his heels. The next ten minutes saw a frantic battle for the lead between Michael and Brian and they built up a 15 second lead on the rest of the field. As the race got to mid-distance however the smaller tyres and brakes of the Aston began to fade and Brian took the lead. Unable to mount a challenge Michael concentrated on a clean drive to the finish and took 2nd place overall and the win for his class.
"That was hard work" Michael said after the race, "I knew we wouldn't be able to compete with the Porsche in the later stages so I just pushed hard in the opening part of the race to try and get away. It was one of the hardest races I've had for a long time and I'm happy we put on such a great race for the spectators! I also want to thank Geoffrey for giving me a great car to race."
Geoffrey Marsh, Chairman of Marsh Plant and owner of the Aston Martin DB4 said "Gerry Marshall would be proud of the way Michael drove", (until his passing last year Gerry Marshall drove the car to considerable success), "He exceeded my expectations with his performance today and improved his times in both the wet and dry from his last drive here in August".
The Aston Martin DB4 was built by Marsh Plant in 2004 and has been developed recently in partnership with RML Historic. RML's engineers have been working closely with Marsh Plant's engineers and technicians to develop and fine tune the car from its 2005 specification and have significantly improved the cars performance and lap times.
The next Aston Martin Owners Club race takes place at Silverstone, Northants on 1st July.