Lucas has a fantastic CV of racing pedigree
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It’s fair to say that Lucas Orrock has not had the luckiest start to his Renault Clio Cup UK career. His first two race weekends have resulted in one finish and two barrel rolls, an unenviable record of more rolls than race finishes which through no fault of his own has left with an uphill struggle for the remainder of the season.
His series debut at Brands Hatch saw him roll at Paddock Hill Bend after he overcorrected, found himself in the gravel, dug in and he found himself on his roof. Despite this, positive thoughts remained and following a car change, to reigning Clio Champion Ant Whorton-Eales’ car, he was back driving the next day. An impressive drive saw him make up places during the weekend and saw him end the day strongly.
Onto Donington Park and in the first race of the day, Orrock was rolling once more. A spin at the front saw the field concertina and as those around looked for gaps Orrock was tipped into a roll, with the end being caught on TV.
Needless to say after two written off cars in as many rounds Orrock had been left a little downhearted however despite being on his third car in as many rounds, he remained positive as he embarked on his biggest challenge yet, Thruxton. Before this weekend, Orrock had never driven at Thruxton competitively and going into qualifying he was full of optimism however his bad fortune continued as a turbo leak and ECU issues ensured he was two seconds of the pace, and struggling.
With those issues resolved, with thanks to Renault for allowing changes to the car which was obviously not performing equally, he had a golden opportunity to make progress in the races. A solid finish in the first round of the day, in which he was still struggling for pace ensured that Orrock could compete well, however in the second race of the day his season’s bad fortune continued as he found himself tangled in another competitors crash. Sadly this has again resulted in heavy damage and left Orrock visibly distraught cursing his luck.
Despite the constant setbacks, and the possibility of using a fourth car in as many races, due to the damage sustained, Orrock remains focused to succeed. He now has a prime opportunity to show the crowds his ability at Oulton Park, a circuit he has always gone well at. Hopefully he gets on a proper role for the rest of the season.