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Mallock Seals Return to the British GT Championship

Successful Northampton based driver to challenge for GT4 Class...
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Vice champion Mallock wins the last one

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Michael Mallock once again had a very successful weekend in the Marsh Plant Aston Martin DB4. The first of the years Aston Martin Owners Club meetings took place at the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit on Monday 1st May, with Michael entered in both the AMOC Classic Race and the Intermarque event. The AMOC qualifying session was held in wet conditions saw Michael take pole position by a comfortable 1.3 seconds from the similar Aston Martin DB4 of Charlie Kemp. The Intermarque races qualifying took place on a still wet but drying circuit, Michael immediatly took command of the timesheets, but after setting his mandatory 3 laps decided to sit out the rest of the session. "The traffic was pretty appalling," said Michael as the chequered flag dropped, "unfortanetly with so many cars out there it was very difficult to get a clear lap- the marshalls did a great job with blue flags but many of the drivers out there just weren't expecting me to come up so quickly, I decided it was better to start in the middle of the pack than damage the car." Michael would end up 5th quickest. Race one saw Michael make a cautious start from Pole Position, briefly loosing the lead on the run to Paddock before regaining it on the run up to Druids. After pulling out a Six second lead in the first Five laps, Michael backed off to save the tyres for race two, eventually taking the overall victory by just over 10 seconds. Tom Alexander took second place in his DB4. The Intermarque race had a rolling start, and as the cars crossed the Start line Michael was quickly on the move. A daring move around the outside into the daunting Paddock bend saw the Blue Aston leap to second position behind Charlie Kemps DB4, after tailing Kemp for the remainder of the first lap Mallock lined up and took the lead into the first corner on lap two. The next ten minutes saw a frantic battle for the lead between Michael and the highly modified Porsche 993 of Brian Robinson. The two quickly built a lead of some 15 seconds to the third place car but as the race got to mid-distance the smaller tyres and brakes of the Aston started to fade rapidly. A good move into Paddock Hill Bend saw Robinson take the lead with 8 of the 20 minutes remaining, with Mallock unable to mound a challenge following him home to take his second podium and class win of the day. "That was hard work! I knew we wouldn't be able to compete with the Porsche in the later stages as he has much wider tyres and bigger brakes, so I just pushed as hard as I could in the opening stages to try and get away." Michael said from the podium, "It was one of the hardest races I've had for a long time, Brian pushed me hard but was always fair with his challenges. I'm happy we put on such a great race for the spectators!" Jackie Cochrane finished third some 16 seconds behind Michael. "It was great to be out again in the Marsh Plant DB4," Michael said after the event "I'd like to thank Geoffrey once again for giving me a great car to race and I cant wait for the next event!" The next AMOC event Michael will be competing in is at the Silverstone Circuit , on July 1st.

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