Ben Clucas Racing

Wakefield Park 4/5 March

Two wins with fastest laps completed a near-perfect weekend.

 

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Testing didn't go well. A red flag in the first session and problems in the second meant Ben went into qualifying having done only 3 flying laps.

Despite that, the first qualifying session would have gone quite well, had it not been for another red flag nullifying Ben's quickest lap. In the circumstances 3rd on the grid was a surprisingly good result. Team-mate Francisco qualified 5th in the second session.

A cautious start in the first race left the Porsche still in third by the end of the first lap. This was maintained until the middle of the stint despite a rear impact deranging the rear suspension on the fourth lap. Then, an incident between the two cars in front dropped Ben down to 6th. Some forceful driving regained third place by the driver handover. The 15 second handicap as a result of the Albacete result meant that Francisco rejoined in 5th. A good drive left the car in 4th at the flag, very close to second and third. However, the leading two Ferraris were eliminated for technical infringements in post race scrutineering, promoting Ben and Francisco to second.

The second race started disastrously. A collision between two cars in front of Francisco on the warm-up lap forced him into a spin in avoidance dropping him to a distant last before the race had even started. Fired up by the incident he quickly made his way back up the order and, by the time the pit stop window had closed after the driver handover, Ben was back up to fourth. Putting in consistent quick laps he caught and passed the cars in front, finally taking the lead just two laps from the flag.

The result puts them second in the championship, 10 points behind the leaders, with 20 points on offer in the final round at Jerez.

"After such a tough start to the weekend and in race 2 especially, to come away with as win and a second is a fantastic result. The Championship is going to be tough to win, but it is still definitely possible"

 

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