Ben Clucas Racing

Mallala 24/25th June

Two wins from pole, breaking the lap record, in a closely contested weekend was a terrific result.

 

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Testing on the previous Wednesday had gone well, though with no official timing and only a limited number of cars, it was impossible to be sure. Friday testing went less well, fastest by few hundredths in the morning, but small mechanical problem left him a quarter of a second off the pace in the afternoon.

Qualifying was very closely contested, with tyres only coming on slowly in the cold conditions. Ben only secured pole for Race 1 in the dying seconds of the qualifying period, and only slightly earlier for Race 2. Tim Macrow and Michael Trimble held grids 2 and 3, Macrow having the advantage for race 1 and Trimble for race 2.

A poor start in race 1 let the fast-starting Trimble into the lead, but the John Deere car was back in front at the end of the lap. A lap later Macro passed Trimble and the order remained unchanged to the flag. The John Deere car held a comfortable lead to the chequered flag, the gap closing briefly when back markers came into play. At the finishing line there was a 2 and a half second gap

The second race was more difficult. Another poor start let Trimble into the lead and he and Ben pulled away from Macro. Passing is difficult at Mallala and it wasn't until a back marker came into the equation on lap 14 that the Gawler Farm car was able to retake the lead and establish a useful gap - which was then closed by a safety car period. At the restart Ben again pulled a small gap and finished a second ahead.

The results increase Ben's championship lead to 44 points over Trimble with Macro a further 29 behind.

Ben was obviously pretty satisfied with his weekend's work. "I'm a bit disappointed with my starts, but I can't be unhappy with the results and I really enjoyed the racing. I had to be very patient waiting for an overtaking opportunity in the second race, but think I took it well when it came."

 

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