Ben Colburn Bounces Back
Terraclean-backed racer Ben Colburn bounced back from a frustrating start to the weekend to register yet more Graduates Cup silverware on the Renault UK Clio Cup’s annual visit to Knockhill, Fife, last weekend.
Westbourne Motorsport’s pace at the previous event at Thruxton had been evident, with the entire team optimistic for a repeat showing on the undulating, challenging 1.27-mile Scottish circuit.
A third row starting slot should have been the foundation for Colburn to make more forward progress in the opening contest, but an incident ahead forced the rising star off in avoidance, and into retirement in the gravel at Leslie’s.
Undeterred, the Worthing-based racer hit back in fine style in front of a capacity crowd and ITV4’s television cameras the following day. Registering sixth at the chequered flag and yet another trip to the Graduates Cup podium.
Next Up Silverstone
Colburn’s next chance for a maiden victory in the UK’s hardest-fought single make series will come at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, over the weekend of 28-29 September.
Ben Colburn (#5) said, “It’s been quite a disappointing weekend at Knockhill; we were unfortunate in qualifying as I was on a good lap before the rain came out and lost me three tenths in the final sector, so that put us further back on the grid than we should have been.
“The opening race was very frustrating. I got caught up in someone else’s accident, it wasn’t what I’d hoped for, but that’s motorsport sometimes.
“The second race was much better, we finished but lacked a little pace, but considering it was my first time at the circuit, it was always going to be hard.
“I will bounce back at Silverstone – I’m really looking forward to it. I just want to say a massive thanks to our sponsors, Terraclean and Vantage Motor Group, for all their continued support.”
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