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6 September 2015 | General

CROMPTON: A PLEASURE TO RACE A CLOSE FRIEND

NEIL CROMPTON finished a fighting fourth in Saturday’s opening ENZED Touring Car Masters event this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park – but he says the fight he had with friend and former teammate Glenn Seton was the clear highlight of his TCM debut.

Crompton who is this weekend driving John Bowe’s Ford Mustang Coupe spent a majority of the race locked in behind Seton’s Thunder Road Racing Team Mustang as they battled for third place.

Aside from contact on the opening lap when Crompton was pushed into the rear of Seton’s Mustang in a turn two concertina the two raced clean and hard for third place with Seton ultimately holding on for the final podium spot.

The PAYCE Mustang did however set the second fastest lap of the race and finished just three-tenths behind Seton at the end.

Crompton and Seton spent three years as teammates at Ford Tickford Racing in the late 1990s but have a longstanding friendship that continues to this day.

“It’s always a pleasure when you race someone who’s a close dear friend and someone you respect and with whom I’ve spent a lot of time with and worked for in Glenn Seton†he said after Saturday’s race.

“I said to Seto a moment ago that it reminds me of when we used to go test at Calder.

“We’d have our two cars out there the FTR cars and we’d be having our own ‘Wednesday Grand Prix’ flat out testing making changes to the cars and then racing nose to tail so here we are 5th September 2015 and it’s nearly 20 years later and we’re still nose to tail.

“It’s kind of nice when you’re a makeup wearer and a pretender – it’s nice to go out there and drop into a reasonably competitive position!â€Â

Crompton will start race two from fourth position in the PAYCE Ford Mustang whilst car owner John Bowe will start his 1000th race from pole position.ÂÂ