Ben Clucas Racing

2nd At Road America

Rounds 9 and 10 of the Pirelli World Challenge were held at the fast, challenging Road America circuit, a place that Kia racing took both wins in 2014.

 

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2nd At Road America Testing went very well for the Kinetic Motorsport run KIAS. Mark Wilkins in the number 38 B.R.A.KE.S KIA Optima set the fastest time, with Northampton based driver Ben Clucas not far behind in 3rd.

Qualifying saw a role reversal and unfortunately a slight drop down the order for both cars, with the Brit in the number 36 Donorschoose.org KIA Optima ending up 4th and the Toronto based driver 7th.

Race 1 was challenging for Ben. Minor contact on lap 2 pushed his rear bumper onto the tyre, which eventually caused it to deflate. He was able to make it back to the pits, but ended up coming home a lonely 15th. However, he was at least able to set the 4th fastest lap time in the race to salvage something, as that would then place him 4th on the grid for race 2. Mark had a great race, with a brilliant move on the last lap, to bring home a 3rd place podium finish.

As race 2 got underway the experienced Brit settled into an early 4th, biding his time. About 15 minutes in, 2nd and 3rd made slight contact coming out of the final corner and this was all the invitation he needed. With a good run onto the straight he was able to take full advantage to take 2nd, a position he would hold to the flag. Mark almost made it 2 KIAS on the podium, but unfortunately just dropped to 4th on the final tour.

Ben was delighted afterwards: ďThis was just what we needed after race 1. It was really disappointing to lose the tyre on Saturday. I think you could have the same incident a thousand times and not have a problem, but thatís just the way it goes sometimes. This race was the beginning of the 2nd half of the season, so itís nice to come away with a strong 2nd. I thought we might have had the pace to win, but we just didnít quite have enough for Aquilante today. Still I was very happy to be back on the podium and draw a line under a few challenging results recently. I canít wait now for the next round at Mid-Ohio!Ē

 

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