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Balloch's Oban Duncan targets Monaco glory after first E1 pole position

Balloch’s Oban Duncan took her first E1 Series pole position - but admits that her weekend was a case of what might’ve been.

Oban and Team Drogba teammate Yousef Al-Abdulrazzaq set a blistering pace in qualifying to take pole position in Puerto Banús, Marbella, only for a misfire in the semi-final see them fail to make the final.

A fifth place finish was salvaged with Oban winning the place race, but the 18-year-old admits she was frustrated not to have more to show for the weekend.

Oban told the Lennox: “It was a good weekend. We started off really well by getting pole position. But then nothing went right in the semi-finals. We just didn’t have very much luck.

“We ended up fifth after the semi-finals, and then the best position we could get was fifth overall. I won the place race which was great, that ended the weekend on a high. But we were slightly gutted that we didn’t make the final.

“We did as well as we could; things just didn’t go our way in the semi-finals.

“I didn’t get a good start in the semi-final and that meant we were chasing and trying to catch up from the start, which isn’t easy. Then we had a couple of areas where the boost didn’t activate when it said that it had.

“We didn’t find that out until after the race when the guys got the chance to go through the data. That would’ve been the difference to us and would’ve meant we got into the final; but there was nothing we could do about it.

“But we did the best that we could.”

Team Drogba currently sit fifth in the standings, and Oban believes they are making progress at every round - with her experience racing in the UK proving vital in challenging European waters.

She continued: “As a team we’re used to rough conditions, pole position was great and earned

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