Mallory Park - 19th September 2010

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This was the second visit to Mallory this season for the Nippon Challenge. Darren was hoping for an even better performance from himself and the car this visit as there have been some major improvements in handling and lightening that have taken place. This round saw four Subaru Cup cars including young talent Matthew Edwards and experienced Karen Phillips both entering their second meeting this season.


As normal the track was very busy for the qualifying session. There were few opportunities to get a fast lap in during the session with various slower cars making for difficult progress to be made as the fuel loads lightened. However, Darren managed four relitevely free laps in the middle of the session to claim 3rd in class and fifth on the grid for race one. The session was not without it's casualties as Ian Froggatt in the Scoobyclinic sponsored Impreza failed to complete one lap.

Qualifying Position

5th Overall
3rd In Class

Race 1

As race one's grid formed Darren felt a problem with the braking system on his car leading to a soft pedal and a certain amount of pull to the right. A poor start, with too much clutch slip meant that the normally fast starting Darren slipped to 6th place into the first corner closely behind fast starting Rob Jefferies, in his MR2. Jefferies had a big sideways moment on lap one into the Esses allowing Darren past into the hairpin. Darren's progress was not as he hoped with the braking problem and a small gap to Howells McLennan and Edwards developed by the end of the first lap. A close shave between Edwards and Howells took place on lap two when Edwards' gearbox failed leaving Howells to take avoiding action on the straight but he managed to control it. A growing gap to the cars behind him meant Darren could concentrate on the Howells and McLennan battle in front. Mechanical failure of the swift of McLennan on lap 12 and the back markers saw Darren gain slowly on the Subaru of Howells. However, on the last lap into the Hairpin Darren caught the smoking Impreza of Howells and, due to yellow flags, only managed to squeeze past the ailing Impreza on the line to claim second overall by three tenths.


2nd Overall
1st In class

Race 2

Starting in second place and still with brake issues, Darren had a clear run to the first corner along side the Impreza of Dale Gent. With far more power than a Subaru Sup car Darren was not expecting to bother Gent so decided to concentrate on getting the gap to the cars behind and nurse the car home. The race started and was soon red flagged after a start line incident which removed the Impreza of Edwards, which had had heroics performed by X-Spec to replace the gearbox, and several other cars. On the second restart the MR2 Turbo of Nick Reed came close to getting alongside Darren into Gerrards but closing the door Darren soon created a small gap to the field behind. Over the next few laps Gent pulled away, seemingly also taking it easy. With a shortened ten minute race meaning only a few back markers to pass meant Darren could sail to the line in second place and was never troubled from the field behind.


2nd Overall
1st In Class


A successful trophy haul for Darren and the failure of Howells' Impreza in the first race means the fight for Subaru Cup honours goes to the wire at Brands Hatch on 24th October with Darren requiring two wins there.

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  • Darren has previously helped prepare racing cars for his friend Karen for the MR2 Challenge and Nippon Challenge series. This will be his forth season in racing having successfully completed three years with excellent results in 2010 and narrowly missing out on the title. In 2012 Darren was forced to take a break from racing due to budget constraints but this year he will be competing again in the same race series, sponsored by Arden Bridge Subaru and will be looking to take the top step of the podium regularly.
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