Last weekend, Oliver Clarke produced one of the finest drives seen in Super One this season after he came from 12th on the grid to win Junior X30 Final Two by over a second.
Having missed the first two rounds, Clarke’s goals in Super One were always to get a podium in his first season out of Cadets. The experience of drivers like Angus Fender, Gordon Mutch and Ethan Pitt would have always made it hard to do better than that but I can’t imagine Oli would have pictured his first win coming in such fashion.
Oli, who races for Msport, had been on the pace all weekend qualifying on the front row for the first final. He raced well finishing 4th on the road in a battle for the lead which lasted the entirety of the race, but he was harshly given a penalty post race for ‘gaining an unfair advantage’ at the start.
However, that decision was what led to Oli putting on a show of sheer supremacy for the on looking spectators.
The 13 year old didn’t make the best of starts but moved forward to 10th on the opening lap before he was overtaking for fun. Over the next six laps he consistently picked a driver off every lap to put himself in 4th by lap seven.
With thirteen laps still to go Oli took his time getting to the lead, but when he eventually got there on lap twelve he drove away from the rest of the field including championship leaders Angus Fender and Gordon Mutch.
It’s hard to believe that was his first win of the Super One season. He took a 3rd and 2nd at Llandow earlier in this season, which was almost like the dress rehearsal.
Keiran Crawley, Msport Team Owner, said this win was down to “recent injections into the team” and “lots of hours on the dyno.”
He commented: “We’ve been working hard as a team to develop both the drivers and the equipment and after a few ups and downs the result at the weekend showed a massive step forward for everyone in the team and a good boost before the last CIK Academy round”.
Missing the first two rounds leaves Oliver well down the order in the championship, but there’s no doubt he’ll be looking to repeat his form at the Super One finale at PFI in October.
If you’re interested in booking a test with Msport or joining the team you can contact Keiran Crawley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Images courtesy of Chris Walker Kartpix
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