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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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MIXED RESULTS IN MONZA - 19th May 2008

The second round of the GT4 European Cup took place at a very wet Monza, Italy at the weekend, with two 25 minute sprint races and a longer 50 minute race with a mandatary pit stop. Running in a new car after the Silverstone accident, Mallock qualified 2nd and 4th in the two 20 minute sessions, suffering braking issues in both. Race 1 Starting 4th, Michael made a good getaway, and despite on-going brake problems, battled up to 2nd place in the first couple laps. Entering the Parabolica on lap 3, Michael lost the breaking completly and having a run through the gravel, rejoining in 4th, it was a hard run back to the podium, finishing in 3rd place. Race 2 Torrential rain saw the race being started under a Safety Car. As the safety car pulled in, 4th place man Jurgen Van Hover overtook both Michael and pole man Eric de Donker before the start line, earning him a stop go penalty. A 3 way battle between these cars took place for the opening laps, but after some agressive defending from Van Hover Michael decided to hang back until he served his penalty. De Donker took a strong victory, with Michael taking an unchalenged second, taking his second podium of the weekend. Race 3-50 minutes Again starting in 2nd place, the race was once again started under Safety Car due to flooding on the circuit. As the cars followed in formation, Mallocks Aston Martin suffered a total power loss, recylcling the ignition, Michael cleared the problem and got back in the train. As the Safety Car pulled in, once again all power was lost forcing Michael to pit. The team were forced to perform a hard reset on the electronics, taking around one minute, by the time the car had left the pitlane almost an entire lap was lost. Mallock immediately set about chasing down the pack, with about 40 minutes of the race left he had a big job to do! As the rain came down Michael caught and passed 3 cars before the pitstop window opened. Coming in as early as possible, Michael rejoined the race as the worst of the weather set in, with the majority of the circuit flooded Mallock was lapping up to 5 seconds a lap faster than the rest of the field! After passing up to 10th place, 8th in class, but still a 40 second gap to the lead pack, it was decided not to risk damage and take the final point. All in a successful weekend, taking 2 podium places and points in all 3. Next race Oscherslaben, Germany in July.



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