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Clark extends China F4 championship lead

Taupō’s Conrad Clark, 16, has extended his championship points lead in the Chinese Formula 4 Championship. Clark finished on the podium in each race and scored two race wins in the second round of the season at Zhuhai International Circuit. Following his dominant debut on the Formula One stage in April where Clark took victory in both of the races, Clark was straight on the pace on his return to China setting the second fastest time in qualifying. “Qualifying was really tricky for us.” said Clark. “The track was damp but not enough for wets, so on the slicks, it was really tricky. We just played it cautiously, to be honest, but I think the rest of the field did too.” The first of three 16-lap races for Clark saw…
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Conrad Clark ready for round two of Chinese Formula 4 Championship

Taupō motor racing driver Conrad Clark, 16, is set to take to the grid for the second round of the Chinese Formula 4 Championship at Zhuhai International Circuit in the Guangdong Province, China this weekend. Clark made a stellar debut at the season-opening event where he took two dominant race wins as part of the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix. With only a short practice session to acquaint himself with the new car and foreign track, Clark was able to be amongst the fastest runners before the races commenced where he won both by huge margins.  The dual race wins handed Clark the championship lead. The BlarkArts Racing team driver holds a 14-point lead over second place while Clark’s efforts helped his team to a 25-point lead in the team's…
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Clark dominates on debut in China

Clark dominates on debut in China

Taupō motor racing driver Conrad Clark has dominated on debut in the Chinese Formula 4 Championship. Racing at the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix event as a support category, Clark was able to showcase his skills on the world stage. Following a campaign to garner support from his community, Clark was able to accept an offer from the hugely successful BlackArts Racing Team to join their team for the opening round of the season. “It was pretty exciting to jump onto the plane and head over to be competing at a Formula One event.” said Clark. The teenage racer had only one 25-minute practice session to acquaint himself with the unfamiliar car, track and team. Even when presented with this challenge Clark was able to set the fastest lap time…
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Clark set for Chinese Formula 4 Championship

Clark set for Chinese Formula 4 Championship

Taupō motor racing driver Conrad Clark, 16, will be packing his bags and catching a plane to Shanghai, China to compete in the opening round of the Chinese Formula 4 Championship. Following a campaign aimed at garnering support from his community, Clark has been able to make the next step in his career, signing with the hugely successful BlackArts Racing Team to contest the opening round of the Chinese F4 Championship. “It’s exciting to be heading overseas again for another international campaign!” said Clark. “Obviously we made the pretty significant step from the NZ Formula First Championship to the US F4 series last year but I think we handled that challenge pretty well and we did achieve some good results towards the end of the season.” Finishing the season as…
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Conrad Clark seeks support from the Taupō community

Conrad Clark seeks support from the Taupō community

Taupō motor racing driver Conrad Clark is seeking some hometown support to make the next step in the emerging stars’ motorsport career. The 16-year-old has received an offer from an international team to join them for the upcoming racing season. The Taupō Nui-a-Tia College student who has competed at a high level in his first two years of circuit racing relies on the support of generous businesses and supporters to help fund his dream of becoming a professional driver. The offer on the table will see Clark race overseas with a top team, but unfortunately, he needs financial support to secure the deal. Clark has launched a ‘Club 500’ campaign along with a ‘Club 1000’ program seeking $500 and $1000 donations to help him raise the money required to make…
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Points finish highlights Clark’s final round in United States F4 Championship

Points finish highlights Clark’s final round in United States F4 Championship

Taupo teen Conrad Clark has finished his debut season racing abroad in the United States Formula 4 Championship, competing on the support card for Formula One at the United States Grand Prix. Limited track time due to the profile of the event left 16-year-old Clark and his competitors with just one practice session to acquaint themselves with the Circuit of the Americas track as well as one less race to fight for across the weekend. Wet conditions played into Clark’s favour in qualifying, sitting in second until the final few moments when the rest of the field completed their last efforts on a slightly drier track. A misfortunate red flag fell just before Clark could complete his faster lap, leaving him to start from tenth for the opening race. The…
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Top five finish highlights Conrad Clark’s up and down weekend

Top five finish highlights Conrad Clark’s up and down weekend

An up and down weekend at the New Jersey Motorsport Park for Taupō racer Conrad Clark has seen him move into the top ten of the Formula 4 United States Championship after recording a season-best fifth position. After making great progress at previous events, the 15-year-old started his weekend strongly in practice. Although he was unable to set a competitive time due to the multiple red flag interruptions, he felt the most comfortable he has ever been in his Kiwi Motorsport F4 race car. Thanks to a relatively clean qualifying session, Clark was able to convert his Friday practice pace into a strong qualifying result, ending the session seventh, just half a second from the pole position time. The first of the weekend’s three 30-minute races did not go to…
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Conrad Clark records best ever finish despite mechanical dramas at Pittsburgh

Conrad Clark records best ever finish despite mechanical dramas at Pittsburgh

Taupo teen Conrad Clark has recorded his best ever finish in the Formula 4 United States Championship at Pittsburgh despite battling with a mechanical issue. The 15-year-old was on the back foot from the start of the event after not taking part in the test day and then picking up a five-place grid penalty during Friday practice in wet conditions. A strong qualifying performance on Saturday morning saw Clark set the fifth fastest time right up until the final three minutes of the session when he was just pipped by two others in the final moments. The result helping to limit the damage from Friday’s five-place penalty. After starting from 13th, Clark made his way up to ninth very quickly before the same gearbox issue that plagued him in the…
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Progress made for Clark at Mid-Ohio

Progress made for Clark at Mid-Ohio

Conrad Clark added another Top 10 finish to his United States Formula 4 Championship campaign over the weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The 15-year-old from Taupo had previously recorded three points finishes in the last three races of the season and continued that streak into the opening race at Mid-Ohio. After starting 12th, Clark moved up a few positions but his efforts were hindered by a gearbox drama as well as the race running behind the safety car for the majority of its duration, including the finish. The Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport driver finished ninth, equaling his personal best result. Starting inside the top ten for race 2 Clark made an early charge, making it up to fourth position but was unable to hold the spot and had to settle for…
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Clark improves at Road Atlanta F4 round

Clark improves at Road Atlanta F4 round

Taupo’s Conrad Clark has finished in the top ten at the second round of the US Formula 4 Championship at Road Atlanta over the weekend driving for Kiwi Motorsport. Having qualified 17th, Clark was also hit with a two rid race penalty (causing a red flag) then faced a difficult first race that was run mostly under yellow (caution) flag. He was able to improve with a final charge finishing in 10th. A similar situation was faced by drivers in the second race also ran under yellow for seven laps, leaving six remaining laps for racing due to a competitor’s engine seizing and leaving oil on the track. Clark finished ninth with further championship points to add to his growing tally. In the final race of the weekend a six…
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