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Mallory Park , 02 August 2009

Qualifying

Mallory Park, in Leicestershire, or ‘The Friendly Circuit’ as it has been dubbed, was the scene of round six of the 750 Motor Club’s AB Performance RGB Championship, and Henry was as fired up as ever. Following a successful qualifying session Henry qualified in fine fashion, claiming seventh overall and second in class for the pair of races, just 0.1s off the class lap record.

Race 1

Race one began in storming fashion, with the distinctive yellow Wild Carr Racing Fisher Fury powering down the inside line into turn one. As the race settled into a rhythm, Class C leader, Tim Gray had fled the opposition, leaving his rivals to fight it out behind. Alistair Boulton and Richard Wise were very late on the brakes into the hairpin on the first lap, managing to squeeze past Henry. But the fightback began straight away with both cars being re-passed on the exit of Gerards corner over the next two laps.

After enjoying a strong opening battle, Henry established himself in second in class and eighth overall. However, despite earning this position early on, a yellow flag at the first corner brought about some confusion; Richard

Wise missed the flag and overtook Henry as the duo advanced through the yellow flag zone. Despite the confusion, Richard relinquished his new found position, allowing Henry to re-take his rightful place. The opening race from here was very much standard, as he tried his best to reel in Class leader, Gray. However, regardless of his best efforts, after thirteen fun-filled minutes and seventeen enthralling laps, Henry swept passed the chequered flag eighth overall and second in class – a result he was definitely pleased with as his best ever class finish.

Race 2

The second RGB race was somewhat later in the day, meaning there was a substantial amount of waiting around in between. However, this gave Henry time to think about race two and plan his chase on runaway leader, Gray, accordingly. As the lights went out for the start of the second race Henry stormed forward, in a bid to gain as many positions as possible. A good start saw him almost grasp sixth as a result of holding the inside line for the first two corners, however the Class A cars had other ideas, muscling there way ahead. A brief battle with Class A racer, Doug Carter, meant Henry was in thick of the action for much of the opening laps, before the race once again settled into a rhythm with Gray leading the class and Henry in a clear second. For the remainder of the race Henry thundered around the 1.35 miles of circuit, trying in vein to catch his nearest rival and seize that illustrious first win. Conversely, just three minutes from the end of the eighteen minute race, the red flag was thrown out, stopping the race, due to two cars in a spin at the Hairpin – one of which was Henry. The Fisher Fury had succumbed to gearbox problems, seemingly locked into two gears at once, bringing to an end the second race and also the Mallory Park weekend. Following an exciting weekend, and being as upbeat as ever about what he had achieved, Henry commented: “The weekend went very well, despite my early exit from race two. Hopefully my current pace will continue.” The next round of the AB Performance RGB Championship will take place at Silverstone, on the weekend on 22/23rd August.

   
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