Ben Clucas Racing

Pole and Fastest Race Lap in Sports Prototype in 4-hour event at Anglesey for Satellite Racing

Ben drove in the first round of the Speed Series, formerly known as VdeV UK, for Belgium team Satellite racing, but mechanical issues stopped any chance of a good result

 

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Pole and Fastest Race Lap in Sports Prototype in 4-hour event at Anglesey for Satellite Racing Having never raced at Anglesey before, or in a race as long as 4 hours, Ben was eager to see how they would fare at the North Wales venue.

Testing suggested they would be very competitive, setting good lap times, despite the Silverstone based driver doing very few laps, to allow his Belgium team mates time to learn the circuit.

Qualifying proved this point with Ben doing the majority of the running, he put the number 3 Norma pole on the grid, almost 1.4 seconds ahead of anyone else in the field.

In a 4-hour race reliability and strategy are key, with this is mind it was decided the 2 Belgium drivers would do the first 2 stints of the race and the young British driver would bring it home. Ben jumped in the car with 1 hour 30 minutes to go, his team mates having done a good consistent job, to keep the car in contention. Unfortunately 15 minutes into the stint disaster struck, and the number 3 car was forced into the pits with a mechanical problem. The team worked heroically to get the car out again, but losing 10 laps and meaning the end of any chance of a good result, although the speed of the car was re-emphasised by taking fastest race lap.

Ben wasn't too disheartened afterwards "These things happen, it was a shame, as I think we could have had a good result, and possibly challenged for the podium. In a 4-hour race though anything can happen and I think we were just a bit unlucky, as we had no issues through testing or qualifying. Overall though I'm very happy, qualifying was great and to back that up with the fastest race lap, shows we have a very good car. I just hope I can find a drive for the next round at Spa."

 

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