Patrick McClughan adds to tally at Donington Park

Despite all that though, Paddy was still happy with his weekend and was particularly encouraged by his form in qualifying: “Overall it was very good. We made even more steps than we did at Brands and did well in qualifying. That we were able to get so easily into the top ten and we knew we could have got more from the car was very positive,” he added.

“But it was just unfortunate about the races because we did have some good pace to show. However unfortunately we couldn't maximise on that because of the damage. That is racing though. We will just have to go to the next round and hopefully have more luck.”

Paddy will head to Thruxton in two weeks time now with 38 points on the board and he is keen to try and get a top-five finish there, when once again the Ginetta Juniors will take their place on the support bill for the MSA British Touring Car Championship.

“I had my first race weekend at Thruxton last year,” Paddy recalled. “We started off quite well in both test sessions on the Friday. It was very positive considering I had so little experience. But unfortunately in free practice I made a tiny error. It was wet and I touched the kerb and the car speared off. Things like that happen though and I have no fears about going back - not at all in fact.

“I will go hard at it. A top-five finish would be nice, or possibly a podium. You never know we could go for a win too. But I have to be realistic. I think we can easily get a top-five, without a doubt.”

Team owner Kelvin Jones meanwhile believes Paddy has made definite progress in the two Ginetta Junior events so far this year.

“Paddy qualified well at Donington and but for a mistake, which I think cost him around four or five tenths, he probably could have been fifth or sixth on the grid,” Kelvin stated. “I comfortably feel that is where he is now. He has just got to start stringing laps and results together because, as I have said before, the speed is there.

“Looking to Thruxton, Paddy knows the track and while he had a big accident last year, I am still expecting him to qualify comfortably in the top ten and to be at least sixth or seventh on the grid. I think the more time I work with him, the better he seems to be getting. He is getting some very good results now compared to what he had last year and is moving up the grid.”

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

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