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Mallock wins again at Spa! - 7th June 2010

Rounds 3 and 4 of the GT4 European Cup took place at the infamous Spa circuit this weekend, and saw the RS Williams Aston Martin take a win and a 3rd place in the two races.

 

In unusually warm and sunny conditions at the Belgian circuit, Michael Mallock qualified the car in second place for both of the 40 minute races, on both occasions just behind the Rhesus Racing Aston of Dutchman Paul Meijer.

 

Race One took place on Friday evening and the start saw Mallock slot in behind Meijer from the line and the pair quickly pulled away from the chasing pack, a lead of 10 seconds from the 3rd place car after only four laps showing the strong pace from the leading pair of Aston Martins. Michael kept Meijer in touch until the obligatory pitstop window, and the RS Williams team pulled Mallock in early in the pitstop widow. A perfectly timed stop, exactly on the minimum time limit of 70 seconds saw Mallock rejoin the track in clear air and push to take the lead during the middle phase of the race. As Meijer rejoined the circuit following his stop, his lead had grown over Mallock however, the reasons quickly became apparent as the timing screens flashed up notification of a Stop and Go penalty for taking too short a pitstop. As Meijer came into the pits to take his penalty Mallock backed off the pace to look after the car, and brought it over the line to take a fine win for the team. After his penalty the Rhesus car regained second place, leading the BMW of Kevin Veltman onto the podium.

 

"That was a fantastic result for us all," said a delighted Mallock after the podium celebrations. "The team gave me a great car for the race today, our pitstop was exactly on the time limit and thats what won us the race. Motorsport is all about team work and that showed today and gave us another trophy for the cabinet at the factory!"

 

Race 2 saw Mallock once again following Meijer off the start, however a Safety car period, brought out to clear up a crash for the other Rhesus Aston Martin at the top of Eau Rouge neutralised the pack at the end of lap 2. At the restart Mallock was right on the tail of the Rhesus car and a fantastic battle raged for the next few laps. 5 times the two Aston Martins were side by side, the drivers giving no quarter but fighting fair in the closest battle at the front of a race this year so far. As Mallock pulled in for his pitstop the two cars were side by side coming out of the Bus Stop chicane, and another slick stop from the RS Williams team saw Mallock exit again right on the minimum time limit. As Michael exited pitlane the front tyres started to drop off, having used their best during the battle in the opening stages, and a good stop from the Rhesus team put Meijer out just clear of Mallock. Unable to catch Meijer, rather than risk the car Michael settled in for second place, but the IMS Motorsport Ginetta was catching the pair fast. With four laps of racing remaining the Ginetta was right on the tail of the Aston, clearly its lower weight giving the tyres an easier time over the race duration. Michael kept an eye ont eh chasing car, and covered the inside line of the corners to keep it at bay, however the Ginetta had other ideas, and decided that driving through the RS Williams car would be a better option! Several times during the last few laps the chasing car rammed the rear of Mallocks Aston, hard enough to lose his bonnet on one occasion, but Mallock didn't yield. Starting the final lap the two were nose to tail and following more contact in the middle of the lap the Ginetta finally hit Mallock hard enough to spin him off the circuit and into the barriers. A quick restart, reverse and go again saw Mallock only drop one further position and limped the car home in 4th position.

 

The stewards took a dim view of the driving of the Ginetta and immediately served him with a 30 second penalty promoting Mallock back into 3rd place.

 

"It was a great shame to lose that 2nd place" Said Mallock afterwards, "the driving standards were to be honest appalling, and the stewards made entirely the correct decision to penalise him, however 3rd isn't as good as 2nd, and that extra 2 points could count for alot at the end of the year. It was however still a great weekend for us, to win here again was great and at least we got another podium in race 2, we're learning more about these Michelins and how to get the best out of them, and cant wait for the next round!"

 

Mallock and the RS Williams team sit Second in the Drivers Championship, 6 points behind Paul Meijer. The series continues at Paul Ricard HTTT 2,3 and 4th July.





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