Cliff Dempsey Racing’s James Clarke is frustrated that a mistake in the third BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 race at Brands Hatch that cost a possible first win.
Clarke had been running second after two safety car periods late in the race, and was under pressure from Kevin Mills Racing’s Neil Maclennan and CDR team-mate Spike Kohlbecker.
As the trio passed the scene of Henry Chart’s stricken Van Deimen – which was covered off by double waved yellows – Maclennan managed to pass Clarke to snatch second place.
Clarke came home third – his eighth podium of the season – but was disappointed with the result.
“The car deserves two podiums, if not a podium and a win, here and I definitely should have won that one,” he told FF1600 website. “I was by far the best on the grid, and I just didn’t make use of it.
“There were double waved yellows and a green flag on the exit of Clearways, and I didn’t cover. Neil went for it and overtook me under green flag, but just. It was clever. They caught me napping.”
He added he wouldn’t be protesting the move.
“I’m not annoyed at Neil. He outsmarted me. It just hurts that we’ve had potential wins and there’s been reasons that, when perhaps we could have won, it’s not quite come together. And this time it was fully on. It was through a momentary lapse on my part that it didn’t happen.”
Clarke now lies fourth in the standings, 66 points behind MacLennan, but aims to bounce back at Kirkstown next month.
“I’ll beat myself up for a few days, then come back stronger and we’ll do it all again.”