UK: Series Croft test summary

MACDOWALL HITS THE FRONT AT CROFT Total Control Racing's Alex MacDowall (Carlisle) set the fastest time during official testing in the ELF Renault Clio Cup with Michelin at North Yorkshire's Croft circuit on Thursday, 7th May.

MACDOWALL HITS THE FRONT AT CROFT

Total Control Racing's Alex MacDowall (Carlisle) set the fastest time during official testing in the ELF Renault Clio Cup with Michelin at North Yorkshire's Croft circuit on Thursday, 7th May. The 18-year-old, who's currently residing third in the drivers' standings, posted a time of 1min 32.302s (82.88mph average) in the last of four x 45 minute sessions.

Gusting winds made for tricky conditions throughout the day affecting drivers' straight-line speed around the 2.1250-mile circuit. Irish racer Aron Smith (Rathfarnham, Dublin) in the Team Pyro car took the early honours going quickest in the first session on new tyres followed by MacDowall and Amery Motorsport's Dave Newsham (Inverness).

In the second session before lunch, MacDowall resumed his place at the top of the timesheets followed by Newsham and Total Control Racing's Mike Robinson (Surbiton). Team-mate Sam Tordoff (Leeds) followed on from his strong performance at Thruxton to also remain in the top five for the morning with Amery Motorsport's David Shepherd (Sandbach) and Coastal Racing's Carl Bradley (Morecambe) also among the leading drivers.

Windy conditions remained as the two afternoon sessions got underway. This time Newsham led the way followed by JHR Development's Steven Hunter (Coal Aston) and reigning SaxMax Champion James Colburn (Worthing).

The final session of the test saw many drivers improve on their earlier times moving in to the mid 1min 32s. The session belonged to MacDowall though who posted the fastest time of the day on his 14th lap. Tordoff went second quickest for the session and for the day followed by Range Storage Ltd with Coastal Racing's Lee Pattison (Liversedge) and Robinson with Smith fifth.

Current championship leader Phil Glew (Tothill, Lincolnshire) who drives for Team Pyro was among several drivers who were absent for the test.

Commenting after testing, MacDowall said: "I felt confident coming in to the session and really pleased with how it's gone. We had a few set-up problems at Thruxton but we've managed to sort these out today and were almost as quick as [Aron] Smith even when he was on fresh tyres and we weren't. We've also had to deal with the wind today which has really affected our straight-line speed."

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Series General
Drivers David Shep , Alex MacDowall , Sam Tordoff , Dave Newsham , Aron Taylor-Smith