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Donington Park 2nd/3rd June, Peter Scherer

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DOMINANT WOOD TAKES DONINGTON HATTRICK
Clive Wood made it three out of three in the Clubman Sports Prototypes at Donington Park.
From start to finish in Saturday’s race pole man Wood’s Mallock MK23 was in command. Michael Mallock, who joined the grid to celebrate his grandfather’s legacy of 60 years of Clubmans Mallocks, driving his father’s MK18B Classic A sport, was unable to challenge Wood for the victory, and Peter Richings had to settle for third.
Ian Crombie held the gap to Richings, after demoting David Wale on the second lap, which left Wale under threat from the young Swedish driver Monika Arvidsson.
With Crombie pitting to retire four laps in, Richings found his third place under threat from the fast charging Arvidsson, after she had passed Wale a lap earlier.
While Wood had continued to consolidate his winning margin, Mallock retained an equally comfortable second as Richings had just enough in hand to retain his third from Arvidsson’s charge.
“Michael stayed with me for about five laps then got a misfire, but I was lucky to finish when the diff blew on the last lap,” Wood explained.
“I had felt fairly comfortable in third, but one more lap and I wouldn’t have finished as there was no oil in the diff,” Richings added.
“I was happy with fourth, but I wasn’t used to a standing start and lost a lot time,” said Arvidsson.
In Class 2 (CSP2) it was a victory for Morris Hart, “my first win in 10 years of trying, and very emotional,” he admitted.
Hart had led all the way, but second had been a racelong duel between Alze Fulco and Barry Webb, which finally went in Fulco’s favour four laps from home.
Michelle Hayward had had to claw back from a disastrous start, but claimed fourth in class from Rod Player’s GEM on the penultimate lap. “I went from pole to about seventh when David Wale didn’t move at the start, he was waiting for a green light,” she explained. “Brain fade,” he admitted.
“Then I was trying to catch up on the first lap and missed the brake pedal, so went straight on at Goddards, pitted to check everything was Ok and carried on,” added Hayward.
Once again Arvidsson lost out at the start of race two, so it was Crombie that chased Wood down the Craner Curves.
Over the opening lap it remained fairly close for the lead, as Richings and Jarred Lester duelled for third and Arvidsson pursued Wale for fifth.
“I took it easy to start with to make sure the new diff was Ok, but no real pressure after that,” said Wood after securing win number two.
But the fight behind went right to the flag, after Arvidsson had demoted Wale on lap six and Richings two laps later. “Ian Crombie had got me into Redgate at the start when I had tried to get Clive, after that Monika closed and got me on the Craner Curves and was ahead at the Old Hairpin,” said Richings.
But Arvidsson’s charge continued over the last three laps and she almost snatched a late second from Crombie. “It was about half a cars length, but I am always quicker in the second half,” she explained.
With Lester retiring with overheating problems after five laps, Wale and Steven Dickens completed the top six. “I just started too far back after retiring in race one when the throttle cable broke,” said Dickens.
In CSP2 Hayward made up for her race one disappointment with a clear victory, after easing clear of Hart in the second half. “I had to chase Morris and got him into McLeans,” she explained after taking charge from lap four. “A bit disappointing,” Hart added.
Fulco completed the class podium from Webb and Player.
In the third and final race of the weekend, Crombie got the jump on Wood at the start. “I had a terrible start, as I had swapped the tyres over and it took a little while to settle,” said Wood.
Crombie held on as far as McLeans, from where Wood went ahead, consolidated his advantage and secured his first ever hattrick.
Richings had settled in third again, with Wale and Arvidsson engaging in another duel for fourth. On lap five the young Swede went ahead at Melbourne, only for Wale to retake at Goddards.
Once Arvidsson had finally secured the place, she quickly closed on Richings who also had Crombie in his sights. “I had Monika right behind me into Redgate and Ian went wide onto the grass. I lifted and Monika shot passed and was second into the Old Hairpin,” said Richings, after he retained third.
Wale also got by before Crombie recovered, while in sixth Hayward took her second class win of the weekend. “I got Morris on the inside of Redgate on the second lap,” she said.
Hart managed to retain second in class, but had a huge scrap with Fulco for a few laps. “Once she had got by Michelle just disappeared, but I had to take it easy at the end of the race as I was nearly out of fuel,” he admitted. Fulco completed the class podium, while in CSP3 Pippa Tanner-Wood followed her father’s example and made it three wins out of three. Had Wood faltered in the final race, all three class wins could have been taken by women. We look forward to seeing what the next round at Snetterton brings.
Published by Peter Scherer for Clubmans Register, May 14th 2018.
MALLOCK GOES BACK TO HIS ROOTS
Former double Clubmans Champion Michael mallock made a rare returnto the formula at Donington, at the wheel of his father Ray's Mallock Mk18B.
He finished second in the opening race of the weekend, but was not avaiulabel for the Sunday races.
Mallock is the Grandson of the Mallock sports car founder, Arthur.
SWEDISH TEEN TAKES CLUBMANS BY STORM
17 year old Monika Arvidsson made her UK racing debut at Donington last weekend, taking her Malllock to two podium finishers.
"I started arcing in sportscars in Sweden in 2016b and was second in the Scandinavian Championship, then won it in 2017. I race the Mallock and Radical's but have come to the UK for more competition," she explained.
Despiet struggling with standing starts, she was fourth in the opener, third in the second and second in the final race. "We do rolling starts in my championship,so it was new to me standing," she added.
She plans to return to the UK for the rounds at Snetterton, Anglesey and Silverstone.
10 YEARS AND WORTH THE WAIT
Morris Hart has raced off and on in Clubmans for 10 years, but finally got his first class win at Donington Park last Saturday.
"It was a very emotional moment, I didn't punch the air, but did hit the steering wheel and hurt my hand a bit," he reckoned.
Morris is the son of Clubmans legend Chris.
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