So the eagerly awaited second round of the Proline EP Winter Series was upon us at the excellent Storm Valley Raceway near Stoke. The only permanent indoor clay track in the UK. CML’s Iain McCallum reports: 2WD got of to a flyer in round one with Ash Owen taking TQ but by only two seconds from Mitchell Booth, Alex Mortimer a further ten seconds down and Matty Dodd the only other man to get 16 laps in this round.
Round two saw Mitchell up the anty with the meetings first seventeen and CML tech guy Liam Galvin jumping into second in round, Ashlee clinging onto third with Stuart Wood fourth. Round three saw Ash back on top Mitchell second and Matty Dodd third with Liam coming in fourth in round.
Due to round by round qualifying and some drivers leaving before the finals due to the power failure delay the overall TQ was taken by Ash with Mitchell in second and Alex in third. The final saw very very close exciting racing with the top three finishing within four seconds of each other Ash Owen driving brilliantly to take the win from Mitchell who was just 8 hundredths of a second away! Maybe put your PT on the front bumper next time Mitch! So an Associated top three in this class proving the car to be just as good on loose grip surfaces as it is on high grip with the Centro 4.2 fitted.
4WD: Graham Howard led the way in the first round with his Xray with Alex Mortimer coming in second just two seconds down and Ryan Lawrence making up the top three a further second behind Alex. The top five in round one only split by twelve seconds overall. Round two saw the other Howard brother Glen take top spot with Alex coming in second again and Mitchell Booth nicking third from Xrays own Greg Hill who was in fourth. Third round and Glen continued his good form to TQ again but AE driver Mitchell jumped in to second and Gregg moved up to third in round.
The final was another close affair with Mitchell, Greg and Glen battling hard for the full five minutes with no one able to pull a gap at all. All three had almost identical average laps but Associated’s Mitchell ran out the eventual winner by just eight seconds from the X-rays of both Greg and Glen. Continue reading here.