Devlin retires after quick start

Ben Devlin's disappointing run of results continued last weekend as the Attleborough racer retired from the latest round of the American Le Mans Series.

Ben Devlin's disappointing run of results continued last weekend as the Attleborough racer retired from the latest round of the American Le Mans Series.

The all new package of Mazda engine and Lola chassis has proved fast yet frail and again in Salt Lake, Utah, the car had to retire with fuel related problems.

With a set of development tyres fitted for qualifying the local racer secured a solid tenth place on the starting grid complaining that the dirty track “was like driving on marbles”.

A storming start saw Devlin up to fourth place by the opening corner and despite not being quite a quick as some behind held his place for several laps before being shuffled down the order.


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An early yellow flag caused a rolling restart and Devlin again made ground before being punted into by the works Porsche of Romain Dumas who received a drive through penalty for causing an avoidable accident.

Just after the hour, Devlin pitted and stayed in the car for a second stint handing over to his co-driver Jamie Bach at the two hour mark, holding seventh place.

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Sadly Bach only completed two laps before he trailed into the pit in a cloud of smoke.

“The car ran ok for a couple of laps, then was running with reduced power. It's nothing we can fix quickly so we'll have to call it a day” said a disappointed Bach when he climbed out of the car.

After four months in American Devlin returns home this week as the series takes a break due to the forthcoming classic Le Mans 24 hour race.

Barry Pritchard's attempt to regain the Formula Four title has diminished as the Attleborough racer has endued a run of miserable races.

At Cadwell Park the local driver finished the opening race in third place while his main rival, Suffolk's Steve Savage, won. In race two Pritchard spun while trying to take second. Adjudged to have caused the race stoppage Pritchard was excluded from the restart in which Savage led until he flew off the track on the final lap before crawling around to finish in ninth place.

From last on the grid at Brands Hatch Pritchard worked his way up to fourth place as Savage won again. As Savage completed a double at the Kent track, in race two, the local racer failed to finish.

Local drivers dominated the leading places in the latest Stock Hatch race at Brands Hatch with four finishing in the first six places.

Kings Lynn's Ryan Bensley, a triple winner at Snetterton earlier in the season, finished in second place unable to dislodge winner Alex Dew.

Reigning champion, Maurice Hayden of Wisbech, followed Bensley across the finishing line to maintain his quest to retain his crown.

Meanwhile, Martin Ward had started the race back in 12th place but after a determined drive the Blofield racer finished in a brilliant fifth place just ahead of Wisbech's Liam McMillan, who was taking a break from his Seat Cupra Cup duties.

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