Race­l­ogic claims vic­tory in drama-filled Fun Cup race

Autosport (UK) - - NATIONAL REPORTS - FER­GUS REED

BRANDS HATCH BRSCC SEPTEM­BER 8-9

Fun Cup cham­pi­onship lead­ers Sheradize UK were early ca­su­al­ties in a typ­i­cally fraught four-hour race on the Brands Hatch Indy cir­cuit, won by Team Race­l­ogic’s Ju­lian Thomas, David Denyer and Jon Tom­lin­son.

Denyer’s de­ter­mined lunge up the in­side of Team 7 Fun: Bikes 2’s Ed­ward Bri­dle at Pad­dock Hill Bend on a safety-car restart with just un­der 90 min­utes to go was the key move of the race. A clean fi­nal stop and a strong last stint from Tom­lin­son were enough to romp home with a 14.6-sec­ond lead ahead of a bat­tling Bri­dle and Rob Croy­don (Team Kennedy).

Sheradize’s dra­mas came just eight min­utes into the race, with Peter Belshaw caught up in a Pad­dock Hill Bend col­li­sion be­tween Team Honey­well’s Tim Wheel­don and Dave Clarke, who was tipped into a roll.

The ben­e­fi­ciary of this was un­doubt­edly the 2Rent Domino’s squad of Henry

Dawes and Chris Hart, who take over the cham­pi­onship lead and were po­ten­tial race win­ners un­til a stop-go penalty within the last hour meant they dropped to sixth. The same penalty was ap­plied to fifth-place fin­isher Apollo Mo­tor­sport, while Team Vik­ing takes over sec­ond in the points af­ter fin­ish­ing fourth.

Jade, MCR and Rad­i­cal ma­chin­ery all bat­tled for top hon­ours in a thrilling first OSS race. Pole­sit­ter Pa­trick Sher­ring­ton (MCR) was usurped by the su­pe­rior straight-line speed of Steve Grif­fiths’s Jade on the penul­ti­mate lap, the pair hav­ing been locked in com­bat ever since Grif­fiths passed Josh Smith’s Rad­i­cal PR6 on lap three. Sher­ring­ton just held off Smith for sec­ond in a near-photo-fin­ish.

Drive­shaft fail­ure put Smith out of race two, which was won com­fort­ably by Sher­ring­ton af­ter near­est chal­lenger Ni­co­laj Lind­berg spun his Rad­i­cal SR8 at Clear­ways. Sher­ring­ton dou­bled up in race three, pass­ing Grif­fiths around the out­side at Druids in the clos­ing stages, with Smith charg­ing from the back of the grid to third.

Adam South­gate took two Porsche Cham­pi­onship wins on his way to seal­ing the ti­tle. Af­ter tak­ing a lights-to-flag

race-one vic­tory, a stall at the start of the sec­ond en­counter was fol­lowed by a fan­tas­tic drive back to third. A fran­tic re­versed-grid fi­nal race was won on the road by Ed Hayes, but a 5s track-lim­its penalty dropped him be­hind South­gate and race-two win­ner James Cole­man.

Daniel Rea­son con­trolled the first Civic Cup race. Cham­pi­onship leader Rob Baker started along­side but lost sec­ond to Ja­son Bal­lan­tyne at Pad­dock on lap two. A safety car for David Buky’s spin out of fifth at Pad­dock closed the pack to­gether but the po­si­tions re­mained the same.

Baker’s ti­tle ri­val Mark Grice fin­ished fifth and made the best start in the re­versed-grid race two, tak­ing a lead he wouldn’t re­lin­quish. Daniel Hob­son’s pass on Chris Coomer at Druids gave him sec­ond, and Coomer later lost third as David Vin­cent dived up the in­side at Pad­dock.

Si­mon Hill took both Pro­duc­tion

GTI wins, jump­ing pole­sit­ter Adam Hance in the first en­counter and lead­ing lights-to-flag in the sec­ond. Hance kept Hill on his toes in race one, but a spin at Sur­tees in the sec­ond race dropped him out of con­tention. Paul Black­burn, James Col­bourne and Richard Marsh were the other podium fin­ish­ers.

Vic­tory for Race­l­ogic in Fun Cup race

Sher­ring­ton claimed two wins in OSS

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