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Cruttenden rounds off inaugural racing season on a high

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MG Trophy Championship contender Joe Cruttenden in action (front) - Image credit Jon Cruttenden Photography -
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Rookie racing driver Joe Cruttenden has successful final meeting of the MG Trophy Championship at Snetterton.

MG Trophy Championship newcomer Joe Cruttenden returned his “best race of the season” last weekend (30th September), as the curtain came down on the hotly contested single make championship at Snetterton Race Circuit.
After a tough penultimate round at Oulton Park where the Rochdale driver was forced to come away from with a zero points score, Cruttenden was able to reverse his fortunes to take a class podium in the second race of the day. This result ensured he would end his inaugural season behind the wheel of a racing car an impressive fourth in Class C and ninth overall in the championship.
The Carplan backed ace would head to the Norfolk track with a firm intention of bagging some valuable points for this championship. Despite being his first trip to the super-fast circuit, Cruttenden would take the qualifying session in his stride and secured 4th spot for both races later that day.

A good start in the opening race of the weekend saw the JDC Racing driver knocking on the door of third spot but a stranded car would force Cruttenden to take evasive action and the subsequent trip onto the grass meant he would end the tour in sixth. Using the remaining laps wisely, he put in a mature drive to work his way back to fourth over the closing laps.
The second and final race of the season would be where Cruttenden put all his new found skills to good use.  A decent start and run through turn one and two saw him battle intensely with third for the opening six laps.  With the more powerful MG ZR 170’s deep within the pack, Cruttenden held his position firm and took third spot at the mid-point of the race. A clean drive for the remainder of the race to the flag ensured he took his second podium of the season, rounding the year off perfectly.
“There is no better way to finish the season than a podium, but that really felt like the best race of my career,” said Cruttenden.
“It’s crazy to think 12 months ago I was sitting on the other side of the car and co-driving from some top-flight rally drivers and now I`m driving my own race car and doing pretty well at it too. It's been a great season and I've learnt so much in a very short space of time. The pace out there is intense and the racing has been really close all season. I truly can't wait to see what 2018 holds for us”.
Cruttenden feels his success is down to his close relationship with his family and sponsors.
“I really do have to thank my family for all their moral support this year as well as their trackside back up."

"Also, our brand partners have been fantastic and it’s been an honour to be supported by Carplan, Performance Engine Components, SSH Trailers - Sales, Service, Hire,  Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre, A&D Appliances, Jon Cruttenden Photography and On Tap Heating & Plumbing Services Cumbria Ltd this season. It’s been a great journey together".

Posted by Matt Cotton on 10 October 2017 14:04

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