Clark thriving upon life in the fast lane

Lewis BealesPorsche Club Champion Jeremy Clark is finding the racing at the front of the field is fast, furious and exciting, if a little frustrating, as he claimed a podium place at Cadwell Park.Lewis Beales

Porsche Club Champion Jeremy Clark is finding the racing at the front of the field is fast, furious and exciting, if a little frustrating, as he claimed a podium place at Cadwell Park.

Clark, from Attleborough, started the first race at the Lincolnshire track from the front row but found himself once more swamped by the faster starting rear engined cars.

He quickly recovered to second place and started to pile the pressure on early leader Marcus Carniel who defended his lead vigorously.

With a train of cars behind, Clark pushed harder and at half distance eventually spun with the closely following Mark Sumpter taking to the grass in avoidance.

"I locked up the brakes and went straight on," said Clark. "I think it was driver error but I'll check the ECU just in case."

On the opening lap of race two Clark lost second place to rival Carniel and quickly dropped another place.

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At two-third distance, Clark again locked up his brakes, which allowed the closely following Pete Morris to take fourth place, but on the final lap an error from Morris allowed the local driver to slip past and claim the final podium position.

"That was better than the first race but we still don't have the brakes quite right," said Clark, who heads to Croft Circuit this weekend to take up his Porsche Carrera Cup prize drive.

Tom Ashton made a winning start to his first outing of the year in the Radical Sports UK Cup races at Oulton Park.

The Uggeshall racer qualified his 'Works' tended SR3 in fourth place for the opening race and after a lightning pit stop moved into the category lead, which he held to the finishing line.

"Great, really pleased with that," said Ashton. "I thought I had the win at the stops so shifted the gears and tried to save the car."

In race two, Ashton led the way only for Ross Allen to turn the tables on the local racer with a quicker pit stop to narrowly lead him across the finishing line in the 40-minute event.

The Cheshire Circuit didn't enable Ryan Bensley to shine in the Dunlop Sports Maxx Cup races in which the King's Lynn racer struggled in the races to match his qualifying position.

In the opening race Bensley lost two places on the first lap and had to settle for fifth place at the finish.

Bensley's second race was cut short by mechanical problems while in the third he again claimed fifth place after starting his Vauxhall Astra VXR from the back of the grid.

Martin Newson and Peter Morris' latest rally turned into an adventure with a major off-road excursion as well as engine, suspension and brake problems in their Plandescil Consulting Engineers supported MG ZR.

However the Beccles pair left the most dramatic moment to last when they had to push their car across the finishing line after the radiator sprung a leak to secure second in class and 35th overall in the Jim Clark Rally.