“The con­tact be­tween the pair saw Deeth spin off into a con­crete wall...”

Mini Magazine - - Motorsport -

ahead at the Old Hair­pin on the open­ing lap. Kane Astin and James Coul­son made it a four- way bat­tle for the lead, ahead of cham­pi­onship leader Ru­pert Deeth. Tony Le May, Colin Pea­cock and Paul Thomp­son soon joined the lead­ing group too, be­fore Wheeler and Astin be­gan to pull clear at the front.

Deeth made it up to third on lap four, draw­ing away from the chas­ing pack and start­ing to close up on the dic­ing lead duo. After catch­ing the pair of lap eight, Deeth quickly ad­vanced ahead of Astin into sec­ond be­fore tak­ing the lead on the penul­ti­mate lap. Wheeler fought back to draw level through the Craner Curves on the fi­nal lap, and the pair re­mained side- by­side through the Old Hair­pin be­fore Wheeler’s inside line at McLeans saw him re- take the lead. Astin also found a way past, leav­ing Wheeler to take the win, spin off the track and into a con­crete wall. For­tu­nately though, he was un­hurt.

Up front, the pres­sure on Wheeler in­creased as Astin drew along­side on lap seven with­out be­ing able to pass. Pea­cock rose to third on lap eight, while Astin dropped back to fourth. Astin then worked him­self back up to third on the fi­nal lap, be­fore mak­ing a rapid exit from the Roberts Chi­cane to pip Coul­son to sec­ond by just 0.313 seconds. But vic­tory went to Wheeler, who man­aged to hold the lead through­out to record his sec­ond win of the week­end. Astin and Coul­son took sec­ond and third, with Pea­cock, Le May and Thomp­son com­plet­ing the top six.

With dropped scores com­ing into play, both Se7en and Miglia cham­pi­onships will go down to the wire for the fi­nal rounds at Croft.

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