Top 750 For­mula star work­ing to re­pair his gran­dad’s car in time for ti­tle charge

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Photos: Joe Marston, Ol­lie Read, kart­ By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

Ti­tle con­tender Bill Cow­ley plans to re­turn to the 750 For­mula se­ries at Cad­well Park in Au­gust after his hefty shunt in the re­cent round at Mal­lory Park.

He crashed the 40-year-old Cow­ley Mk4 car built by his gran­dad – also called Bill – in the sec­ond race in Le­ices­ter­shire and will miss the round at Snet­ter­ton this week­end.

Cow­ley was taken to hospi­tal as a pre­cau­tion after the crash, but didn’t suf­fer any ma­jor in­juries.

“I’m get­ting bet­ter – I’m still stiff and sore but I’m re­pair­ing faster than my car,” said Cow­ley. “I was very sur­prised at how well the car stood up, the dam­age isn’t as bad as we first thought so we’re hop­ing to be back out at Cad­well Park.”

He added that the fi­bre­glass body­work will be the big­gest prob­lem when it comes to fix­ing the car.

Cow­ley fin­ished sec­ond in the first Mal­lory Park race and was bat­tling for the lead with Robin Gear­ing at the time of the crash.

“We were com­ing into the Esses and were catch­ing up with a back­marker and I didn’t re­alise how slow he was go­ing,” ex­plained Cow­ley.

“When I turned in he was in the mid­dle of the track and he put his hand up. I thought he was re­tir­ing so I went on the out­side, got a wheel on the mar­bles, lost the rear and was in the bar­ri­ers.

“I didn’t know which way to go and made the wrong call. As un­for­giv­ing as Mal­lory is, you pay the price.

“As soon as the mar­shals men­tioned cut­ting me out of the car I was eff­ing and blind­ing – I didn’t want them to cut me out. There’s a lot of sen­ti­men­tal value with that car. It was a good sign that I was al­right and I have apol­o­gised to the mar­shals on Face­book. The car pos­si­bly might have been a to­tal write off if they had cut me out be­cause of the way my grand­fa­ther built it.”

Cow­ley’s 40-year-old chas­sis was heav­ily dam­aged at Mal­lory... ...but fam­ily team is work­ing to get the car back out for Cad­well

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