ROBINSON JOINS MACDOWALL ON OULTON PARK PODIUM Second year ELF Renault Clio Cup racer Mike Robinson secured his first podium finish of the 2009 season at Oulton Park Island Circuit yesterday, Sunday, 31st May, with an impressive third place...
ROBINSON JOINS MACDOWALL ON OULTON PARK PODIUM
Second year ELF Renault Clio Cup racer Mike Robinson secured his first podium finish of the 2009 season at Oulton Park Island Circuit yesterday, Sunday, 31st May, with an impressive third place behind Total Control Racing team-mate Alex MacDowall.
Converting a career-best top three qualifying performance into a well deserved rostrum, 26-year-old Robinson ran unchallenged in third during round eight as he lapped just a couple of 10ths of a second outside the times of TCR pace-setter MacDowall in second position.
Backing up his first ever Clio Cup race victory, which came during round seven on Saturday, 30th May, with his sixth podium of the year yesterday, emerging talent MacDowall consolidated the runner-up spot in the championship standings and is now just 34 points shy of series leader Philip Glew.
Robinson's terrific round eight drive has maintained his placing in the top six of the points table while TCR newcomer Daniel Lloyd has edged ahead of fellow rookie Sam Tordoff in the championship chase after equalling his best result of the year with a fine seventh place. Joining TCR in the build-up to the weekend, Lloyd's addition to the team has strengthened the Wednesbury squad yet further.
Tordoff was unfortunately involved in contact with two other cars as they exited Island Bend on lap eight and the result saw him forced into the tyre barriers on the run to Hill Top. On course for a potential top eight result, the accident marked Tordoff's first non-finish of the season.
Commenting on the race, TCR team boss Lee Brookes said: "We had a very good day on Sunday with the Clios. Obviously we're very disappointed for Sam going out of the race like that but over the course of the weekend, all four drivers have done a superb job. To see Alex and Mike on the podium is fantastic for TCR and Daniel did a superb job, we're delighted to have him in the team."
Points leader Breeze suffers huge impact in G50 Cup Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup championship leader Carl Breeze was lucky to escape a massive accident on the second lap of Sunday's scheduled 11th round of the season, a spin and resulting collision with an unsighted Mark Proctor bringing an immediate end to the race.
In the view of the seriousness of the impact and the fact both Breeze and Proctor had to be taken to the circuit medical centre with injuries, officials took the correct decision to postpone the race and it will now be held later in the season on a yet-to-be-determined date.
Before Breeze had his unfortunate accident, TCR team-mate Joachim Ritter also had a heavy impact when a spin at Cascades on lap one caused him to crash into the barriers on the outside of the track.
As the race headed into lap two Breeze was in second place but Frank Wrathall went up the inside into Old Hall and it resulted in the TCR man running wide on the grass on the exit. Spinning his car into the path of the oncoming traffic, several drivers -- including team-mate Fulvio Mussi -- just managed to avoid making contact but Proctor was unsighted and simply couldn't avoid an impact.
"I'm absolutely gutted for our drivers who were involved in incidents, especially Carl of course and our very best wishes go to him and his family", said Brookes, "Like Sam in the Clios, Carl didn't deserve what happened and we sincerely hope he recovers as quickly as possible.
"Joachim had a big accident at Cascades and, again, he didn't deserve that but it was one of those things. Fulvio was fairly close behind Carl when he had the spin and luckily just managed to avoid hitting his car. Unfortunately (Mark) Proctor had no time to react as he was unsighted, it was definitely the right decision to postpone the race."
Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire is next on the race calendar for TCR a fortnight from now, 13th/14th June, with rounds nine and 10 of the ELF Renault Clio Cup and the scheduled 12th,13th and 14th rounds of the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup.
Provisional 2009 ELF Renault Clio Cup Standings (after Rd8): Drivers: 2nd Alex MacDowall, 205pts; 6th Mike Robinson, 125pts; 9th Daniel Lloyd, 86pts; 11th Sam Tordoff, 79pts Team: 2nd Total Control Racing, 346pts
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