EIGHTH PODIUM OF SEASON FOR CLIO STAR MACDOWALL Carlisle-based ELF Renault Clio Cup racer Alex MacDowall posted yet another podium finish during round 10 of the season at Croft in North Yorkshire on Sunday, 14th June, while Total Control Racing...
EIGHTH PODIUM OF SEASON FOR CLIO STAR MACDOWALL
Carlisle-based ELF Renault Clio Cup racer Alex MacDowall posted yet another podium finish during round 10 of the season at Croft in North Yorkshire on Sunday, 14th June, while Total Control Racing team-mate Mike Robinson was also in fantastic top four form once again.
MacDowall pushed series leader Philip Glew hard throughout the 12 lap encounter and at one stage did lead the race as he challenged for his third win of the campaign. In the end the 18-year-old had to settle for second, a mere three 10ths of a second behind his chief rival at the finish.
As during the opening day of action, Saturday, 13th June, Effingham racer Robinson again secured a very competitive fourth place finish behind series returnee Stefan Hodgetts. Totalling together his 44-point haul from the weekend, the 26-year-old is now just 14 points shy of the top four in the championship standings with the first half of the season completed.
Category rookies Daniel Lloyd and Sam Tordoff had mixed fortunes, Leeds-based Tordoff coming through to take 11th place to move back into the top 10 in the standings. Lloyd was unfortunately caught up in an opening lap incident at the first corner which dropped him to 20th place but the Huddersfield youngster fought back well into 14th position, maintaining ninth in the championship.
TCR team principal Lee Brookes commented: "Alex did a very good job once again, to back up the win he achieved on Saturday with another second place is a great result and keeps him right where he needs to be in the championship. Mike did a superb job as well in fourth while for Daniel and Sam, it was just one of those hectic days unfortunately. They both drove well though."
Brave Breeze lucky to emerge unscathed from Croft accident Round 13 of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup proved to be very unlucky for Carl Breeze as the erstwhile series leader suffered another heavy accident. That said, he did have some good fortune on his side as he walked away unscathed after clipping a tyre stack at the Jim Clark Esses which launched his car into the air with damaged suspension and a broken chassis.
After stunning the paddock with a gutsy second place finish during round 12 on Saturday, only two weeks after a horrific smash at Oulton Park, Breeze was hugely disappointed to crash out of the first of Sunday's races when running in second place. Worse news was to follow though when he was forced to sit out round 14 as well due to the damage sustained by his new G50.
Slipping to third in the championship behind chief rivals Nathan Freke and Frank Wrathall, Breeze does have the consolation of knowing there is now a seven week break in the race calendar during which he will be able to recover fully from the injuries he sustained at Oulton a fortnight ago.
Team-mate Fulvio Mussi consolidated his top six placing in the standings with two more fourth place finishes while Danish racer Joachim Ritter maintained his position in the championship top 10 after finishing ninth in both rounds 13 and 14.
"Obviously we're really disappointed for Carl, it was just an unfortunate mistake but he's nowhere near 100 per cent yet after the Oulton Park accident", commented Brookes, "His car was too badly damaged to be out for the last race, the chassis was broken in the impact, but you have to take your hat off to him for even taking part at Croft this weekend, it took a lot of guts.
"Fulvio didn't do a bad job at all with a couple more fourth places but we know he has the ability to be on the podium before long. Joachim put in another couple of solid performances, with the rain in the last race it was very tricky but they both scored good points."
Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in Northamptonshire is the next venue on the race calendar for TCR with rounds 11 and 12 of the ELF Renault Clio Cup taking place three weeks from now, 4th/5th July, as part of the annual British round of the World Series by Renault. The next Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup action will be at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk on 1st/2nd August.
Before then, TCR's Clio Cup contingent will be in action at Snetterton for an official championship test day on Wednesday, 24th June.
Provisional 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup Standings (after Rd10): Drivers: 2nd Alex MacDowall, 267pts; 5th Mike Robinson, 169pts; 9th Daniel Lloyd, 111pts; 10th Sam Tordoff, 97pts Team: 2nd Total Control Racing, 450pts
Provisional 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup Standings (after Rd14 -- Rd11 yet to be rescheduled): Drivers: 3rd Carl Breeze, 336pts; 6th Fulvio Mussi, 190pts; 10th Joachim Ritter, 137pts Teams: 1st Total Control Racing, 578pts