He patiently sat and watched the duel ahead but was still close enough to play a part too.
He started to lose ground again to Lay in the closing laps, as both were passed by Chris Short. He retained a solid eighth and comfortable Rookie class win, which became seventh when Short was penalised for exceeding track limits. Clark completed the finishers in 14th.
“I should have made a pass on Julian when I had the chance, but didn’t want to bin it and I was aware of the cars behind me too,” Ashworth explained.
Starting from the fifth row for the second race, Ashworth lost out on the first lap and had to chase fellow Rookie Mark Tranter for the first three laps.
Having consolidated his place and class lead again, he started to make inroads on Lay and the top 10 overall. The gap came down and down and they started the final only 0.789 secs part. “The car felt really good and I nearly got him. I was happy in the drier conditions, as I think I struggled with my pace in the wet, I definitely learned a lot, but wasn’t quite confident enough to have a go at the end,” Ashworth concluded after sealing his second class win from 11th overall, but only 0.128 secs off the top 10..
Clark was also happier in the dry again, as he came home in 14th place again.
Published by Peter Scherer for 360 Racing, July 29th 2019.