Longdon’s Greg Owens sets his sights on maiden win after season finale

Longdon racer Greg Owens wrapped up his debut season with a 4Two Cup podium – but admitted he already has his sights set on a maiden win next time out.

Donington Park proved to be another rollercoaster for the driver as an engine problem and a high speed spin hampered his preparations.

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In a reduced field, Owens started the first race of day from sixth place after running three seconds off the leading pace during qualifying.

While Simon Horrobin quickly romped into in a comfortable lead, Owens set about reducing his laptimes, succeeding in catching the tight battle for third place by the half-way point.

After completing a brave move to take fifth from James Palmer, the Longdon man looked set to challenge for a podium, only for a spin to find him in the gravel trap and out of contention.

“I was so pleased with myself after a great overtake on James that I got distracted and ran out of talent!” he said. “I just entered the corner too quickly and failed rescue myself from the spin.

“The car started to dig in as it went around and it looked like it was going to starting rolling over, so I was just grateful that the car could start race two intact.”

The incident meant Owens had to start from the back of the grid next time out and he struggled to make any inroads as Horrobin was once again dominant at the front.

But lady luck finally shone on the Longdon driver as a collision between two other racers allowed him to inherit a surprise third place finish.

“Another podium sounds like a high point on which to finish the season but in reality this result was absolutely gifted to me,” Owens said. “I was off-pace for most of the event.

“But I’ve far exceeded targets for my rookie year with three podium finishes, a fastest lap and leading two races before mechanical problems struck.

“Next year is looking positive. I’m confirmed to race in the series for another year and I’m looking forward to announcing a new local sponsor very soon.

“I can approach the new season with confidence having better knowledge of the car and the circuits.

“A maiden win must surely be one of my targets for next year.”

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