15/05/2017

Early season misfortunes strengthening Orrock’s will to succeed

Lucas Orrock says three high-profile crashes in the Renault UK Clio Cup’s opening three events of 2017 have only made him more determined to come back stronger when the season resumes at Oulton Park this weekend (Sat 20/Sun 21 May).
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Orrock’s JamSport team is currently working to rebuild his car after it suffered heavy front-end damage just over a week ago at Thruxton.

It was the 26-year-old’s third car in as many events. His original ended up on its roof in a testing accident at Brands Hatch and his second – Ant Whorton-Eales’s title-winning car from 2016 – barrel rolled spectacularly at Donington.

But Orrock commented: “Look, this happens to every driver. A rough patch… it’s how you deal with it that counts. I am not the sort of driver to just throw in the towel – if I did what would I learn from it?

“I believe I will get to where I want to be and deserve to be and that is towards the front. The best sportsmen and women have gone through tough times but they didn’t let it break them – if anything it made them. As far as I’m concerned it’s a case of re-setting the clock and starting over again at Oulton.”

Orrock’s Donington prang – his car rolled four times (see main picture) – certainly demonstrated the strength of the UK Clio Cup race car. Dramatic on-board footage from his car – which shows it was an unfortunate case of wrong place, wrong time – can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

He said: “When the car finally stopped… you’re a bit disorientated and struggling to understand what happened. I can remember the medics opening my door and I had my eyes shut because they were full of grit and dust and one medic shouting ‘he’s not conscious’ and me shouting back ‘No, I am!’

“I’ve watched it a few times and know I was unsighted as to what was happening in front of me. It was the same at Thruxton. You’re in the pack and have no time to react.

“But as I say, I’m not going to give up. In fact the morning after Thruxton I was up at 5.30am and into work (he’s a fitness instructor) and treating everyone as I normally would. It wasn’t their fault I’d had a crash.”

Now on to Oulton and Orrock, a former VW Cup runner-up and front-runner in the SEAT Leon Eurocup, is hopeful of a change in fortune.

“I’m totally focused on Oulton – I’m going to bed thinking about it and waking up thinking about it,” he added. “I’m busy on the simulator and watching plenty of on-boards from previous UK Clio Cup races there.

“Oulton has been good to me in the past. I’ve done a lot of work there before so am hoping that translates into getting comfortable quickly with the Clio, qualifying well and finally coming away with a pair of decent results.”