MACDOWALL TAKES MEMORABLE MAIDEN CLIO CUP WIN AT OULTON Carlisle-based teenager Alex MacDowall produced a breakthrough performance at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire this afternoon, Saturday, 30th May, by claiming his first ever ELF...
MACDOWALL TAKES MEMORABLE MAIDEN CLIO CUP WIN AT OULTON
Carlisle-based teenager Alex MacDowall produced a breakthrough performance at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire this afternoon, Saturday, 30th May, by claiming his first ever ELF Renault Clio Cup race victory to the delight of his Total Control Racing team.
Solidifying his place in the top two of the championship standings, MacDowall drove an outstanding race from pole position to defeat series leader Philip Glew and also cap a superb few days after taking an excellent second place result at the Nurburging Nordschleife last weekend for his Wednesbury-based squad.
Bagging his third pole start of the season with a time of 1m34.791 seconds (84.53mph), 0.161 seconds clear of Glew, MacDowall controlled the seventh round of the championship from lights to flag, even though he was under immense pressure throughout.
Today's Clio Cup race proved to be a highly successful one for all four of TCR's drivers, Mike Robinson equalling his best finish of 2009 in fifth place -- just 1.2 seconds shy of the podium. The team's two rookie drivers, Sam Tordoff and TCR newcomer Daniel Lloyd, also performed very well indeed to finish in seventh and eighth places respectively, just six 10ths of a second apart.
Speaking after the race, TCR team principal Lee Brookes said: "This is the break Alex needed, we've been waiting for it for a long time and, in all fairness, we really thought it was going to come in Germany last weekend. From the word go we knew he had the pace to win and at last he's turned that into a result which is fantastic.
"The team has had a very strong start to the weekend, obviously with Daniel coming onboard with us it's just made the team even stronger. To have four cars in the top eight shows things are working well for us."
Breeze maintains G50 Cup championship lead
During the 10th round of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup, TCR's championship leader Carl Breeze salvaged a fourth place finish from an unfortunate spin at mid-distance which took away any hopes the pole-sitter had of race victory.
Lining up at the head of the grid after securing his third pole position of 2009, the Kings Lynn racer got away from the line cleanly at the start and led until lap seven when a slide on the exit of Old Hall Corner dropped him out of podium contention. Battling back in determined fashion though, Breeze pinched fourth place over the line on the final lap by just a 10th of a second.
Team-mate Fulvio Mussi, bouncing back after a luckless weekend at Donington Park a fortnight ago in his YourRacingCar.com G50, added another top six to his season's tally to keep hold of sixth place in the driver standings. Fellow TCR racer Joachim Ritter, meanwhile, was seventh in today's race following one of his most promising runs of the campaign.
"Even though we didn't get on the podium in the G50 race, we're still on the pace and Carl has what it takes to bounce back from today's disappointment", added Brookes, "Sometimes you make a mistake, these things happen, but we're looking forward to tomorrow where it'll hopefully be a different story.
"It's good news for Fulvio that he finished in the top six after the troubles he had at Donington and Joachim impressed us again in seventh place. They both raced well and I'm sure they can each have another strong run on Sunday."
TCR's first track action tomorrow, Sunday, 31st May, will come with the 11th round of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup at 15.10 and this will be immediately followed by the eighth round of the ELF Renault Clio Cup at approximately 15.50. Both races are expected to be screened live on Freeview, cable and digital satellite channel ITV4.
For round eight of the Clio Cup, MacDowall will line-up second on the grid with Robinson a fantastic third, Lloyd an equally splendid sixth and Tordoff a highly respectable ninth. In the Ginetta G50 Cup, Breeze will start round 11 from pole position, Mussi will be sixth on the grid and Ritter will line-up in eighth position.
Provisional 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup Standings (after Rd7): Drivers: 2nd Alex MacDowall, 177pts; 7th Mike Robinson, 100pts; 9th Sam Tordoff, 79pts; 10th Daniel Lloyd, 70pts Team: 2nd Total Control Racing, 293pts
Provisional 2009 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup Standings (after Rd10): Drivers: 1st Carl Breeze, 306pts; 6th Fulvio Mussi, 124pts; 12th Joachim Ritter, 97pts Teams: 1st Total Control Racing, 459pts