Patrick McClughan shows front running pace at Brands

“For me though, I think what pleased me most was that over the last race I was able to keep up with the leaders and not let them get away and at the end I wasn't far off getting the fastest lap either. That was very pleasing.”

Paddy will now be back in action in two weeks time when the MSA British Touring Car Championship-support series reconvenes at Donington Park on April 16-17. Paddy scored his first-ever Ginetta Junior points there at the end of 2010 and is looking forward to returning to the Leicestershire-based track.

“Last year in the practice sessions we were sixth quickest. I learned the track very quickly and we had a good race there too. I was able to come pretty much from the back up to ninth place,” he stated.

“It is a circuit I enjoy very much. It is a drivers' circuit and is very fast and quick. You have to be very committed. That is what I love about it. Hopefully we can aim for a podium there and possibly even a win.”

Team owner Kelvin Jones meanwhile was really encouraged by Paddy's speed at Brands Hatch and he also has high hopes for rounds three and four at Donington Park.

“I think Paddy did well last weekend. His times were consistent and in the second race he was brilliant and caught up with the leaders,” Kelvin stated. “When we looked at the times the leaders were actually slower at that point. I thought maybe it was because they were battling and slowing each other down. But it wasn't. Paddy was just very quick.

“Then when he caught up to them he eventually made his way up to fifth. However on the last lap the car cut out. That was really disappointing for him. But on the plus side he still went very well. I have always thought the speed was there. He just needs more time in the seat and with that - and the experience that will give him - he will move him up the grid.

“I am expecting more of the same at Donington now. It is one of his favourite tracks. We are not far off either what I think the set-up should be to suit him. Hopefully we can carry on from where we left off in that second race. I am really looking forward to it.”

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Patrick McClughan. Brands Hatch. Ginetta Junior Championship [Pic credit: Jakob Ebrey]
Paddy McClughan [Pic credit: Jakob Ebrey]
Paddy McClughan [Pic credit: Paul Davies]
Patrick McClughan. Brands Hatch. Ginetta Junior Championship [Pic credit: Jakob Ebrey]

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