CLASH Round 2 Report: Kyran Parkin and Mike Bell Split the Honours

Kyran Parkin and Mike Bell split the honours at Round 2 of CLASH at Sepang after two chaotic races.

Parkin secured pole position at the very end of the 20 minute qualifying session ahead of race 1 winner Scott Sovik, then converted that into a lights-to-flag victory in the 40 minute Feature race. While he only had a 3.6 second lead at the end of the race, Parkin had focussed on conserving his tyres throughout the race, rarely driving at more than 90 per cent while maintaining a comfortable gap. April Carlsvard, in her first race of the season, finished 3rd.

Mark Singleton finished 4th, closely followed by Artur Borowski and Mike Bell after a late race battle. Campbell Wallis recovered from a poor start and several mistakes early in the race to finish 7th while Joshua Anderson claimed the final points in 8th, along with reverse grid pole for race 2.

While all eighteen starters finished the race – though Martin Fernandez was unfortunate to be timed out on his final lap – several drivers fell foul of the tricky Sepang circuit. Allie Ferrie, having started 4th, was only able to recover to 9th after a crash on lap 4; later in the race, Matthew Wheeler spun out of a strong 7th with five laps to go.

Race 2 started with a bang! Going three-wide into turn 1, the top three of Joshua Anderson, Campbell Wallis and Mike Bell collided and several drivers got caught up in the chaos. While Anderson and Bell were able to continue, Wallis half-spun across the grass and Scott Sovik, keen to get a strong result for the championship, was T-boned by Artur Borowski.

Despite minor damage, Bell was able to keep up a strong enough pace to win the race, helped by Kyran Parkin being rear-ended by April Carlsvard on lap 7. That promoted Alex Odell, who started 14th but drove a steady race amidst the chaos, to 3rd. Behind him, Matthew Wheeler claimed 4th, beating Niall Larner 0.05 seconds. Campbell Wallis had challenged Wheeler at the final turn but tangled with Wheeler, allowing Larner through while Wallis dropped to 6th. Carlsvard and Sovik recovered to 7th and 8th, respectively, with Mark Singleton failing to score for the first time this season in 9th.

With Sovik’s poor race 2 result, Parkin has opened up a healthy 9 point lead in the driver’s championship, however, with three quarters of the season to go, there are sure to be plenty of twists and turns. Almost 20 points behind, Wallis and Singleton continue their strong starts to the season while Mike Bell’s strong performance at Sepang sees him go straight into 5th in the championship.

Despite currently only having one driver, UPA are only 4 points behind Fury Racing. As in the drivers’ championship, there is a twenty point gap to Kaibutsu Racing in 3rd, ahead of Bad Pun Racing and Cosmo.

Pos Up Driver Nat Team Time/Retired Qual Time Fastest lap
1 ►0 Kyran Parkin GBR UPA 40:17.28 01:59.02 01:59.47
2 ►0 Scott Sovik NOR Fury Racing
00:03.65 01:59.17 01:59.76
3 ▲3 April Carlsvard SWE Fury Racing
00:12.08 01:59.94 02:00.12
4 ▼1 Mark Singleton GBR Bad Pun Racing 00:23.05 01:59.44 02:00.10
5 ▲2 Artur Borowski POL Kaibutsu Racing
00:23.39 02:00.14 02:00.37
6 ▲2 Mike Bell GBR Aureus Motorsport 00:24.76 02:00.52 02:00.75
7 ▼2 Campbell Wallis SCO Kaibutsu Racing
00:40.55 01:59.67 02:00.49
8 ▲6 Joshua Anderson GBR Cosmo 00:44.89 02:01.78 02:01.59
9 ▼5 Allie Ferrie SCO TBA
00:47.56 01:59.59 02:00.76
10 ▼1 Matthew Wheeler AUS Random Racing 00:51.74 02:01.13 02:01.56
11 ▲2 Craig Woollard GBR ByCraig Racing 01:03.78 02:01.57 02:02.39
12 ▼2 Niall Larner GBR Cosmo 01:06.03 02:01.27 02:01.24
13 ▲2 William Fry GBR Bad Pun Racing 01:11.52 02:02.11 02:02.47
14 ▲2 Alex Odell GBR POWA 01:30.73 02:02.13 02:00.83
15 ▲2 Ryan Eastham GBR Argosport 01:39.11 02:02.92 02:02.87
16 ▼5 Robert Covey CAN Howler Racing
+1 lap 02:01.28 02:02.35
17 ▼5 Chris Williamson GBR Random Racing +1 lap 02:01.49 02:01.55
18 ►0 Martin Fernandez ARG Realish NDP Timed out 02:10.88 02:08.82

Race 2 Result

Pos Up Driver Nat Team Time/Retired Fastest lap
1 ▲2 Mike Bell GBR Aureus Motorsport 20:15.24 02:00.40
2 ▲6 Kyran Parkin GBR UPA 00:01.20 01:59.77
3 ▲11 Alex Odell GBR POWA 00:08.15 02:00.71
4 ▲6 Matthew Wheeler AUS Random Racing 00:12.05 02:01.47
5 ▲7 Niall Larner GBR Cosmo 00:12.11 02:00.57
6 ▼4 Campbell Wallis SCO Kaibutsu Racing
00:12.28 02:00.36
7 ▼1 April Carlsvard SWE Fury Racing
00:14.89 01:59.67
8 ▼1 Scott Sovik NOR Fury Racing
00:15.47 02:00.92
9 ▼4 Mark Singleton GBR Bad Pun Racing 00:15.84 01:59.70
10 ▲6 Robert Covey CAN Howler Racing
00:34.69 02:02.26
11 ▲2 William Fry GBR Bad Pun Racing 00:44.64 02:02.48
12 ▲5 Chris Williamson GBR Random Racing 00:58.43 02:01.94
13 ▼12 Joshua Anderson GBR Cosmo 00:59.41 02:01.31
14 ▲1 Ryan Eastham GBR Argosport 01:06.43 02:03.69
15 ▲3 Martin Fernandez ARG Realish NDP Timed out 02:09.45
16 ▼12 Artur Borowski POL Kaibutsu Racing
+1 lap 02:00.77
17 ▼8 Allie Ferrie SCO TBA
DNF 02:02.40
18 ▼7 Craig Woollard GBR ByCraig Racing Suspension

Championship Top 5s

Kyran Parkin (GBR) – 54; Scott Sovik (NOR) – 45; Mark Singleton (GBR) – 26; Campbell Wallis (SCO) – 24; Mike Bell (GBR) – 16

Fury Racing (SWE) – 59; UPA (GBR) – 54; Kaibutsu Racing (SCO) – 32; Bad Pun Racing (GBR) – 26; Cosmo Seiki Japan (JPN) – 24