Race Reports For The 2003 Season.
Cadwell Park, Sunday July 6th, 10 Laps
Matthew Slinn continues his winning run
Matthew Slinn (Mallock Mk30) completed a superb week by winning round six of the MG XPOWER Clubmans Cup at Cadwell Park (Sunday 6 July). Having won at Oulton Park a week earlier, Slinn has tightened his grip in the championship that enjoys support from Powertrain Ltd and Ricardo Plc.
Slinn underlined his pace by taking pole position ahead of the championship's only visit of the season to the testing Lincolnshire track.
However, it didn't start quite according to plan for Slinn as the top three drivers went side-by-side on the charge into Coppice. Slinn decided to back off and leave Barry Webb (Mallock Mk23/91) and James Lindley (Mallock Mk29H) to ease ahead. "I thought I would let them go and get them later," said Slinn.
The Mallock pack of Guy Woodward, Mike Evans, Adrian Brown, Tim Covill and Stefan Mumm quickly joined the lead trio in pulling clear of the rest. Back at the head of the race, Slinn took second from Lindley into Park on lap two and soon had his sights set on Webb's lead.
After easing out Webb at Mansfield on the next lap, Slinn quickly consolidated his advantage. Woodward started to challenge Lindley, who in turn began to attack Webb for second.
There was little or no gap between Webb, Lindley and Woodward for most of the race, each waiting for a mistake that never came. Slinn took the victory spoils by almost 10 seconds, while the next three were covered by barely three-quarters seconds, having run virtually nose-to-tail from the third lap.
"I could see them in my mirrors, I was quicker in some places and then Jim was quicker in others," said Webb. Brown didn't quite get close enough to threaten Evans for fifth place and Mumm held onto seventh from Covill, despite the unsuitability of his gearing for the circuit.
After dramas in qualifying, Mike Luck (Dart S16) charged from the back of the grid to take ninth place, leaving Adrian Lester (Mallock Mk35) to complete the top ten.
Luck's storming drive earned him the www.racecarsdirect.com 'Hard Charger' award, while Woodward claimed the 'Driver of the Day' award.