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Fine weekend for Ashton

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:32 06 July 2010

Tom Ashton made his debut in the Radical European Masters Series at the famous Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium last weekend, in the support race for the Le Mans endurance Series.

Tom Ashton made his debut in the Radical European Masters Series at the famous Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium last weekend, in the support race for the Le Mans endurance Series.

It was the first time Ashton had raced at the Formula One circuit and was up against not only the radical UK works team but the works teams from Spain and Germany also.

With a total of 41 cars at the event Ashton was a very respectable third overall after Friday's free practice in the wet.

Things dried out for qualifying later that day and for race one, team mate, and car owner Gary Kane qualified 8th.

For race two, Ashton lined up 6th, with three of the cars in front being the European spec slightly more powerful V8 engines.

For the first 45 minute race, Kane started and was in 10th overall and fourth in the UK class when he pitted for Ashton to take over.

Ashton pushed the works UK car hard for the rest of the race in a battle for ninth overall and second in the UK class.

On the last lap Ashton got overtaken into second in class but towards the end of the last lap a gearbox issue handed the place back to the experienced Roger Bromiley and Ashton had to settle for a solid third place.

For race two it rained hard and Ashton lost a place on the start.

The conditions were dangerous and Ashton's job was really to keep it on the track.

Two cars in front crashed out during Ashton's 20 minute stint.

When it came to pit the car was in fifth but as Kane exited the pits the car cut out from water in the electrics and Kane was forced to retire.

It was a promising weekend for Kane Racing and Ashton and leaves Tom lying in fourth place in the prestigious Radical UK Cup.

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