Longdon racer Greg Owens has a day to forget at Mallory Park

Longdon racer Greg Owens had a day to forget during his first visit to the Mallory Park circuit in Leicestershire.

He was at the circuit for rounds nine and ten of the Smart 4Two Cup.

But things started badly with a high speed spin during qualifying, before the session was cut short by a red flag, meaning race one would see Owens heading into competitive action with just four practice laps under his belt.

Greg Owens battling alongside Dennis Grace

Greg Owens battling alongside Dennis Grace

“I suspected it was going to be a tough day after my early mistake in qualifying but shortly afterwards, the session was stopped and I’d barely determined which direction each corner went in, so I was far from confident as we took to the grid,” he said. “Then I had trouble getting heat into the tyres in the first lap and hadn’t warmed the brakes up enough.

“But by lap three I felt more confident and started to be able to push.”

The new-found confidence saw Owens set what would be the fastest lap of the race as he started to close on the leading pack. An accident allowed the Longdon racer to go second at the start of the final lap.

But a missed gear saw Alan Palmer sneak past to leave Owens in third.

A second row start for race two looked promising, but a poor an uncharacteristically bad getaway from the line saw several places lost.

Again, Owens battled back and ended up in a battle with race one winner James Palmer, only for the pair to get tangled up with backmarker Dennis Grace, leaving them both in the barriers and out of contention.

See the crash from onboard Greg Owens’ car:

“I can be pleased with achieving my first ever fastest lap and getting another podium finish in race one,” said Owens. “But I made a few mistakes in the morning.

“The car took quite a hit during the crash and sadly it’s going to be expensive to repair. I know that my Smarts4You Racing team will get me back on track for Donington Park though and this weekend I’ve shown that I can be on winning pace, even on unfamiliar circuits.”

The final two rounds of the Smart 4Two Cup take place at Donington Park on Sunday 18th October. Footage from Owens’ crash can be viewed online: http://bit.do/smartcrash

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