Dan Clowes – Jedi Mk6

Dan Clowes closed the gap to championship leader Michael Watton as the Formula 1000 series hit Croft for the penultimate round of the season at the weekend.

A dominating win in a wet opening race on Saturday afternoon saw Clowes pull away from defending champion Watton on the run down to Clervaux before the Worcester native banged in a series of fast laps to eke out a gap of a couple of seconds.

A safety car period closed the field up as the rain intensified and when the green flag flew again Watton was able to match the pace of the leader.

Watton challenged for the lead into Clervaux and trailed Clowes up to Tower Bend for a second attempt before turning his eyes rearwards.

Debutant Reece Lycett, who had only gained his racing license two days before the meeting, was all over the back of Watton looking for a way past but sensibly settled for third place.

The 16-year-old said: “If the race went a couple of laps longer I would have caught the pair of them.

“It was fun, and I surprised myself, but it’s great getting a podium first time out.”

The top two positions were reversed for a dry race two as the series closed the opening day of the meeting. Watton and Clowes battled with Paul Butcher in the early stages before Clowes slotted into second to tail Watton to the flag.

Former champion Lee Morgan, who returned to the series at the midway point of the season, took the final podium position after Butcher spun at the hairpin.

After a year out thanks to engine problems, Morgan was ready to get back to winning ways. After four wins in the early part of 2017, the Runcorn driver was keen to make amends for his absence.

The Sunday reverse grid race saw Morgan get to the front and take a straight forward victory leaving Elliot Mitchell to pick up second in his wake.

Clowes took third place, but championship rival Watton pulled his car into the pitlane exit with two laps to go with technical problems. The race three result leaves the pair tied on points leading into the season finale at Donington Park in October.