Podium for Ray Mallock in Monaco
Wellingborough (UK) – 17th May 2016:
A delighted Ray Mallock realised a life-long ambition by making the podium in Monaco during the Formula Junior race this weekend, with a bumper entry of 48 cars, meaning 2 heats and a final, Ray drove superbly to take second place in his heat and P3 in the final
The 1960 Mallock U2 Mk2 raced faultlessly all weekend, Ray commented “It was a great thrill and honour to drive at Monaco in one of my father’s original cars. The handling and engine were superb and to get on the podium was just awesome”
The final was won by Jonathan Hughes with Christopher Traber second, both in Lola Mk2’s. Ray started the final from P4 on the grid and with a rolling start, held onto 4th, the winners from the heats up ahead were nose to tail and fighting with the leader, Colasacco. Under pressure from the following duo the leader spun at Mirabeau, putting Ray up to third.
At this point the safety car was deployed to recover a stricken car in the barrier on the hill after San Devote, bunching the field back up, as the safety car came in, Colasacco came past, but quickly slowed with a mechanical issue, promoting Ray back to P3 which he held to the end.
The reliability and pace of the Mallock U2 shows how good the original design was and how competitive a driver could be on the international circuit with a relatively low cost car they could build themselves around the Mallock chassis.
Catch up with the latest RML Group designed cars, the RML Chevrolet Cruze in the World Touring Car Championship at the Nurburgring at the end of this month and the next round of the BTCC at Oulton Park on the 5th June.