Four BARC categories make a splash at Mallory Park

The British Automobile Racing Club battled treacherous conditions at Mallory Park this past Sunday (July 28) to serve up a plethora of on-track entertainment, with four categories taking centre stage.

Having basked in scorching temperatures leading up to the one-day event, the Leicestershire-based venue saw heavy rain fall throughout the meeting, adding further spice to what was set to be an action-packed meeting.

Tackling the iconic oval layout of Mallory Park for the first time this season, the Pickup Truck Racing Championship didn’t disappoint as it continued its 2019 campaign in sensational style.

Dale Gent produced a storming drive in the opening encounter to power his machine from seventh place on the first lap onto a second victory of the season – by more than five seconds as well. Daniel Petters and George Turiccki rounded out the podium in second and third.

Race two saw championship leader Michael Smith come to the fore as he narrowly edged out Reece Jones to win by little over half a second, strengthening his position as one of the main title protagonists this year. Mark Willis headed Gent by the smallest of margins to claim a distant third.

Spoils were shared in the Max5 Racing Championship as Paul Roddison finally saw his winning streak come to an end, with Ian Loversidge getting the better of the reigning champion in race two.

Standing on the top step of the podium at every opportunity this season, Roddison’s victory-run looked set to continue as the Class A ace powered his way to victory in race one ahead of Loversidge and Jeremy Shipley.

Loversidge then produced a commanding performance in the afternoon’s later race to lead from lights-to-flag, notching his first win of the season whilst Shipley and Roddison followed close behind to round out the rostrum.

The BARC Super Silhouette Championship also saw an unbeaten run come to an end too as Chris Brockenhurst scored his inaugural victory of 2019, ending Malcolm Blackman’s unbeaten run.

The 11-lap race was to be the only one for the silhouette category as the second encounter was cancelled.

Capping off the day’s action at Mallory Park was a trio of races from the Distrigo Parts Distribution Citroen C1 Series. Staging sprint races instead of its traditional history-making endurance races, the much-loved one-make series put on a show for those in attendance.

Spy Motorsport’s Joshua Potter scored victory in races one and three whilst Texense driver Stephen James ensured that Potter couldn’t take a clean sweep in race two.

To view the full classification of results from all sessions at Mallory Park, click here.