COMTEC's DAN CLARKE was frustrated once again in his efforts to secure his second podium finish of the season in the UK Formula Ford Championship Round
7 at Silverstone last weekend.
The omens looked great for the fiery young Brit when he qualified in 4th spot in the wet, his best qualifying position of the season. However, the race ended in frustration as Ben Clucas' serious crash at Copse forced an early abandonment with Clarke lying second.
Clarke started from the front row in the re-run on the Sunday behind his team-mate Tom Gaymor, but an early mistake at Priory saw him slip to third behind Alex Danielsson in the Ray. Clarke regained 2nd at Abbey, but another mistake at Copse saw him lose 2nd once more.
Spurred on by a close race, Clarke once again overtook Danielsson on the outside at Abbey but disaster struck as Clarke's team-mate Oliver Jarvis misjudged his braking, driving into Danielsson, causing Danielsson to flip over the top of Clarke's car putting both Clarke and Danielsson out of the race. Clarke and Danielsson were back on talking terms in the paddock later
after Clarke was magnanimous in appologising for his heat of the moment reaction after first blaming Danielsson for the crash . Jarvis was later officially penalised by the clerk of the course for the manoeuvre.
Clarke said: "I'm only taking positives out of this weekend. I will use the negatives, my mistakes and any bad luck to help me to become a stronger and better driver. I've still got loads to learn and as long as the Comtec team helps me and we work together, even after mistakes such as Olivers, we can unite and win. Role on Rockingham"
Round 8 has now been postponed until the weekend of Castle Donington.