Proctor passes 50-point mark

Senna Proctor at Thruxton. Picture by David Holland.
Senna Proctor at Thruxton. Picture by David Holland.

Senna Proctor passed the 50-point mark for the season after completing rounds five and six of the Renault UK Clio Cup at Thruxton in Hampshire.

The 17-year-old is competing as part of the Graduate Cup with Team BMR, having stepped up after finishing second in Ginetta Junior Championship last year.

The Rudston-based racer is under the guidance of Warren Scott, owner of the British Touring Car Championship team BMR, who is aiming to help young British drivers progress up the ladder.

Proctor qualified 13th on the grid for the first of the weekend’s two races, after clocking a time of one minute and 24 seconds.

He gained two places immediately and was up to 10th by lap four.

On lap nine of 12 he passed two more rivals and finished eighth.

Senna Proctor at Thruxton. Picture by David Holland.

Senna Proctor at Thruxton. Picture by David Holland.

Race two saw him line up ninth on the grid. Again, he had a good start and at one stage, he got up to eighth.

Although the rest of the 12-lap race was pretty processional, he was overtaken by Paul Rivett late on, relegating him back down to ninth.

He is now placed 13th in the championship standings on 52 points, and will be in action again at the start of June at Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire.

Standings:

Ashley Marshall at Thruxton. Picture by David Holland.

Ashley Marshall at Thruxton. Picture by David Holland.

1st: Paul Rivett 146

2nd: Mike Bushell 140

3rd: Lee Pattison 134

4th: Ant Whorton-Eales 128

5th: Paul Streather 121

6th: Max Coates 101

7th: Josh Price 91

8th: Charles Ladell 85

9th: George Jackson 61

10th: Anton Spires 60

11th: David Dickenson 60

12th: Daniel Rowbottom 56

13th: Senna Proctor 52

14th: Rory Collingbourne 46

15th: Ollie Pidgley 37

Bridlington’s Ashley Marshall was also at Thruxton for rounds four and five of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge.

Marshall, who is from a karting background, is part of the Optimum Motorsport Team.

He placed his 1800cc Ginetta G40 car 13th on the grid for the first of the weekend’s two races in a time of one minutes and 27 seconds.

As race one got underway, he slipped back to 18th place, but by midway through lap two he had climbed back up three places.

Marshall continued doing battle with those around him but lap four saw him drop another place.

He remained 16th until lap seven where he dropped back a further place, where he remained until the chequered flag.

For race two, he started from 17th, his finishing position from race one.

As the lights went green, he dropped a place but was soon up to speed and started to move up through the field.

By lap eight of 12, Marshall had moved up into 15th place where he remained until the finish.

All in all, the Bridlington racer had a good first outing in his first car race, in a championship designed for all ages and levels of race experience.

He picked up four points from the first race and six points from the second and is 22nd in the standings.