Ma­son and Wylie mas­ter tricky con­di­tions

Autosport (UK) - - CLUB AUTOSPORT - KYRAN GIBBONS AND ANNA DUXBURY

SIL­VER­STONE INTERNATIONAL BARC OC­TO­BER 6-7

David Ma­son and Ross Wylie were the in­dis­putable stars of the Britcar En­durance Cham­pi­onship week­end, stretch­ing away in the Sprint cham­pi­onship lead on the back of two strong re­sults.

The duo’s Fer­rari 458 GT3 started on pole for the sprint race af­ter per­sis­tent rain forced or­gan­is­ers to aban­don the usual qual­i­fy­ing for­mat, and grid or­der was de­ter­mined by an ab­struse mix­ture of class and cham­pi­onship po­si­tions. But Ma­son dropped down the or­der im­me­di­ately ow­ing to con­fu­sion over the start­ing pro­ce­dure in the wet: he fol­lowed the safety car into the pits while the oth­ers took the rolling start.

Ful­vio Mussi seized the lead and had a strong open­ing stint in his Fer­rari 458 Chal­lenge be­fore a crash dur­ing team-mate Ron­nie Gar­rick’s first rac­ing lap forced them out for the day.

This left the Fer­rari 488 of Jamie Stan­ley and John Seale to take the vic­tory de­spite the best ef­forts of Wylie, who had the speed but not enough laps to re­take the lead.

Bro­ken brake calipers forced Stan­ley and Seale out be­fore the re­duced 50-minute en­durance race, leav­ing Wylie and Ma­son to in­herit their se­cond pole po­si­tion of the day. The pair built up a lead of nearly 40 sec­onds in the early part of the race and al­though se­cond-placed Jonny Mac­gre­gor nar­rowed the gap, his Tara­nis was un­able to chal­lenge the dom­i­nant #7 car.

In the Miche­lin Clio Cup, re­cently re-crowned cham­pion Ben Palmer fo­cused on com­plet­ing a clean sweep in 2018, hav­ing won the 13 races to date.

Race one fol­lowed the form guide as Palmer claimed a com­fort­able vic­tory. But al­though he led from pole in race two, he lost his 100% win record when his

throt­tle ca­ble snapped on the se­cond lap.

Palmer’s re­tire­ment pro­moted Ben Col­burn into the lead, and he pro­ceeded to dom­i­nate the race to grab se­cond place in the cham­pi­onship from Si­mon Free­man, who headed a four-way bat­tle for third on track be­hind Ro­nan Pear­son.

Nic Har­ri­son was able to per­form the sea­son sweep in the pro­duc­tion-spec Road Class with his 14th and 15th class vic­to­ries.

In the Ju­nior Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship Lewis Saun­ders ex­tended his ti­tle lead with a win in the open­ing race, pass­ing Joel Wren for the vic­tory on the penul­ti­mate lap. Ben Kasper­czak won the se­cond race.

Aaron Smith claimed the Mini Miglia Cham­pi­onship af­ter win­ning race one, while for­mer points leader Dave Drew spun af­ter a touch from Alex Os­borne and was forced to en­act a re­cov­ery drive. Smith snatched the win on the fi­nal lap from reign­ing His­toric Formula 1 cham­pion Nick Pad­more, who won the se­cond race.

By dom­i­nat­ing both races in the Kumho BMW Cham­pi­onship – and se­cur­ing a six-race win streak to close the sea­son – Gar­rie Whit­taker was able to seal se­cond in the cham­pi­onship. James Card, run­ner-up in both races, ended the sea­son third in points. Rus­sell Dack took class vic­to­ries in both races to win a closely con­tested CC crown un­der pres­sure from ti­tle ri­val Paul Wood.

The Mini Se7en Cham­pi­onship went to Max Hunter, who took vic­tory in the open­ing race while ti­tle ri­val Spencer Wanstall dropped to the back of the pack af­ter pick­ing up a punc­ture from con­tact with Dan Budd. An­drew Deviny pipped Wanstall on the fi­nal lap to win race two.

Stu­art Plot­nek earned a maiden win of the sea­son in the fi­nal race of the MG Own­ers’ Club Cham­pi­onship. He passed race one win­ner and cham­pion Martin

Wills, who even­tu­ally fin­ished the fi­nal race in sixth place.

Wylie bounced back af­ter Ma­son’s ‘pit­stop’ handed lead to Mussi (be­hind)

Hunter was crowned Mini Se7en cham­pion

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