Battling Clark picks up the pace

PUBLISHED: 12:28 23 August 2007 | UPDATED: 15:14 12 May 2010

KIEREN Clark claimed fourth place in round seven of the highly acclaimed Formula Renault Snetterton event – a season s best for the Tadlow youngster. The 18-year-old had qualified for round seven after finishing in a well-earned fifth position in the qua

KIEREN Clark claimed fourth place in round seven of the highly acclaimed Formula Renault Snetterton event - a season's best for the Tadlow youngster.

The 18-year-old had qualified for round seven after finishing in a well-earned fifth position in the qualifying stages.

And the race started brightly for Clark, who pulled into third place on the first corner although by the second he had been squeezed back by Lloyd. And before the first of two red flags were shown Clark had slipped back to fifth.

Following the restart Clark held fifth place for two laps until he was shown another red flag.

However, Clark - now placed sixth - managed to slip through and chase the leading pack.

And coming into the final lap, Clark was right on the tail of McDonald and with an impressive manoeuvre on the last corner accelerated past his opponent and sped home to a well-deserved fourth place by a mere 0.8 seconds.

Team manager Tony Clark said: "I was very happy with the performance, and Kieren is showing a lot of maturity in his racing.

"It is a highly competitive series and he is beating some very experienced drivers - so things are going well."

Clark returned to action the following day for round eight of the series, and after being shown another red flag, dropped to ninth place early on, and was left picking up the pieces.

However, a clean getaway later saw Clark push up the placings and after chasing Fisher for two laps made is his way up to sixth and following hard on the heels of Copeland set a new fastest lap record in the process.

Despite giving eventual winner Stoneman a run for his money, and a more than impressive display behind the wheel, Clark had to settle for sixth place.

Clark said: "If it hadn't been for the incident in the first lap I believe that I could have picked up some more places.

"Overall it's been a good weekend and I think I've showed that I have the pace of the front runners.

"And now I'm really looking forward to the next rounds at Brands Hatch - which is one of my favourite circuits."

- Clark returns to action on Sunday, for the next rounds of the Formula Renault BARC championships.


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