DOMINANT WOOD TAKES DONINGTON HATTRICKClive 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
“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
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,”
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
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
Published by Peter Scherer for Clubmans Register, May
MALLOCK GOES BACK TO HIS ROOTSFormer double
Clubmans Champion Michael mallock made a rare returnto the
formula at Donington, at the wheel of his father Ray's
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,
SWEDISH TEEN TAKES CLUBMANS BY STORM17 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 WAITMorris 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
Morris is the son of Clubmans legend Chris.