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.”