Driver Clark wins Blue Oval Saloon Championship

Racing driver Terence Clark, from Morton.  Terence with his Ford Fiesta ST and Ford Focus RS.'Photo: MSMP291013-019ow
Racing driver Terence Clark, from Morton. Terence with his Ford Fiesta ST and Ford Focus RS.'Photo: MSMP291013-019ow
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Driver Terence Clark is celebrating after winning his class in the Classic Touring Car Racing Club Blue Oval Saloon Championship.

Clark finished top over the 13-race series but is already looking forward to next year and stepping up a class.

This season Clark has raced in class B in a 140-mph Ford Fiesta ST. However, he is already working on a Ford Focus RS which will put him in class A.

It will also mean that he will have a chance to take the chequered flag, as the two classes race together and the A-grade cars, being more powerful, actually win the race.

Clark, 32, of Morton, said he was pleased with the season overall.

He said: “It’s been a good season and we’ve had no major problems with the car. Now I’m looking forward to next season.

“We’re going to have nearly twice the amount of horsepower. I’ve never raced anything with a turbo so it’s going to be a new experience for me and I’ll have to change my driving style.

“Racing the Fiesta, you don’t really get to see the chequered flag as you can win the class but not the race, whereas next year it will be nice to be in a position where you can actually win the race.”

Clark, who has been racing since he was a youngster, won the first eight races of the season but then failed to take any top spots after a rival came out with a quicker car.

However it was not enough to dislodge him from top spot and he went into the final weekend of races at Silverstone knowing all he had to do was finish.

He didn’t get off to the greatest of starts, as on the Saturday in wet conditions his throttle was damaged.

That meant he could compete in the corners but on the two long straights of the club circuit he was “going backwards”.

He finished in fourth.

With the car repaired on the Sunday, Clark managed a third-place finish and the results were enough to give him the title by 14 points.

Work has already started on the Focus for next year, when Clark will race in class A of the Ford Saloon Championship

Clark does a lot of the work to the car himself with dad John at the family business Clark Engineering in the village.

They will modify the engine to take it from 320bhp to between 400 and 450, giving a potential top speed of 180mph, however there isn’t a straight long enough in Britain to reach that speed.

Clark thanked his father, and team members Malcolm Bergner and Chris Burton for their support, along with sponsors Pipe and Climate Center, Medina Roofing, Tim Norton Motor Services, of Oakham, and Silver Shield Windscreens.

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