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