Stan­ley puts Fer­rari 488 at the top

Autosport (UK) - - NATIONAL REPORTS - GRA­HAM KEILLOH

SNET­TER­TON BARC SEPTEM­BER 8-9

A Fer­rari 488 Chal­lenge made a spe­cial Britcar ap­pear­ance at Snet­ter­ton and took both Sprint race wins in the hands of Lau­rent de Meeus and Jamie Stan­ley.

In both races Ross Wylie in a Fer­rari

458 built a size­able lead in the open­ing stint over de Meeus, who more com­monly com­petes in the Euro­pean Fer­rari Chal­lenge se­ries in his 488. But Wylie’s part­ner

David Ma­son was not able to match Stan­ley’s times in ei­ther sec­ond stint, mean­ing the 458 was run­ner-up twice.

“It’s my third ever win and all of them have been at Snet­ter­ton,” said de Meeus. “It’s a won­der­ful feel­ing. I came here to keep a bit in shape and prac­tice and also to have a bit of a dif­fer­ent experience.”

Si­mon Rudd and Tom Bar­ley claimed the race-one Britcar En­durance cat­e­gory win in their Ginetta G55, beat­ing over­all cham­pi­onship lead­ers Matt Green­wood and Sarah Moore in their G50.

They fin­ished third and fourth re­spec­tively in the two-hour sec­ond race, which was won by Mike Mc­col­lum and Sean Cooper in a KTM X-bow, which, in greasy track con­di­tions, chased down and passed Sam Ran­don and An­gus Dud­ley’s G55 late on.

“I de­cided I’ll just drive it like it’s dry,” said Cooper. Both cars had a va­ri­ety of race one prob­lems. Mc­col­lum had a punc­ture and a spin, while Ran­don and Dud­ley dropped out early and started race two from the back af­ter the Team Hard squad did a dif­fer­en­tial re­build.

Stephen White­legg chipped away at John Mickel’s Leg­ends Cham­pi­onship ta­ble lead with a hat-trick of wins on the meet­ing’s open­ing day. Mickel could only man­age a sec­ond, eighth – when he strug­gled in treach­er­ous con­di­tions – and third place af­ter be­ing hob­bled by an oil leak from a cracked en­gine head.

Mickel hit back the next day with three podi­ums, hav­ing solved his prob­lem with epoxy putty, all ahead of White­legg, while the wins were taken by Miles Rud­man, Mar­cus Pett and Matthew Pape.

Dom­i­nant reign­ing cham­pion Ryan Smith won the open­ing Bri­tish Truck Rac­ing Cham­pi­onship Divi­sion 1 race in his MAN TGA, but couldn’t reach the front in the

sub­se­quent re­versed-grid races. Those were won by Si­mon Reid’s Iveco Stralis, Terry Gib­bon’s MAN TG and David Jenk­ins’s MAN TGX, with Smith tak­ing third, sec­ond and fifth re­spec­tively.

Divi­sion 2 leader Luke Gar­rett won two of the four races, but in­her­ited one of them af­ter Steve Pow­ell’s MAN TGS got a post-race 10-sec­ond penalty for a jumped start. Gar­rett led race one but re­ceived the black-and-orange flag as his MAN

TGX was leak­ing wa­ter; Brad Smith’s

DAF CF won.pow­ell got re­venge by beat­ing Gar­rett to the fi­nal win.

David O’re­gan took the open­ing Pick­ups win as the chas­ing cham­pi­onship con­tenders fal­tered. Scott Bourne went off af­ter a touch with O’re­gan when the lat­ter didn’t see him, while Lea Wood stopped af­ter hear­ing a noise from his gear­box. This kept Wood out of race two, in which Bourne beat O’re­gan.

Con­nor O’brien claimed both Su­per Mighty Mini vic­to­ries and took the cham­pi­onship lead. He pre­vailed in race one af­ter a long bat­tle with Jeff Smith, end­ing when Smith’s en­gine blew.

O’brien then eased to race two vic­tory. Cham­pi­onship leader Stuart Combes and Owen Ed­g­ley took the Mighty Mini wins.

Wylie, aboard the 458, had the legs of de Meeus in early stages, be­fore ta­bles were turned

Hat-trick of Leg­ends wins for White­legg

Smith’s en­gine let go in Mini race

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