Or­ton’s spin gives Wrigley the lead

Ginetta GT4 Su­per­cup

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A chaotic third Ginetta GT4 Su­per­cup race fi­nally sep­a­rated ti­tle favourites Jamie Or­ton and Tom Wrigley, who had each taken a win in the first two con­tests.

The third par­tially re­versed grid race was won by Will Burns, who took his first ever Su­per­cup win in his third year in the se­ries.

Burns’ vic­tory came af­ter Carl Board­ley spun out of a com­fort­able lead on lap 11 and was con­firmed when the race was stopped five laps early af­ter a heavy crash be­tween Fraser Robert­son and John Wall.

Wrigley leaves Brands with an eight-point cham­pi­onship lead over Burns be­cause Or­ton, who had held Wrigley at bay to win the open­ing race, fin­ished 11th in the fi­nale af­ter he was tapped into a spin by Tom Hib­bert at Clear­ways on lap 19.

Race two win­ner Wrigley made a poor start in the fi­nal event but charged back to fin­ish third, which would have been sec­ond but his pass on Reece Somer­field was re­versed when the re­sults were counted back.

KNOCKHILL: SMRC BY JONATHAN CRAW­FORD

For­mer cham­pion Vic Covey Jr re­turned to the Scot­tish Mini Cooper Cup and found him­self in the thick of the ac­tion with pole po­si­tion for the first race.

Han­nah Chap­man made the bet­ter start and led the first eight laps. Covey got a bet­ter run out of Scots­man on the fi­nal lap and bravely ran side-by-side through Butcher’s to grab the lead and the win. The drama con­tin­ued at the hair­pin as Ian Munro made a late at­tempt to grab sec­ond but Chap­man de­fended.

At the start of race two, Chap­man and Munro made con­tact with the for­mer com­ing off worse as she spun down the hill at Duf­fus. This cre­ated enough of a gap for Covey to scam­per into a one-sec­ond lead, which he held to the flag. Do­minic Wheat­ley emerged at the head of a four-car bat­tle for third which was only re­solved on the last cor­ner.

The top eight were re­versed for race three and new­comer Dy­lan O’don­nell did a ster­ling job to main­tain the race lead un­til the last cor­ner when Wil­liam Blake pounced to take the win.

Reign­ing Saloon and Sportscar cham­pion Ian Don­ald­son im­me­di­ately took ad­van­tage of the dif­fi­cult wet con­di­tions in his Mit­subishi to grab the lead from Adam Kind­ness in his Subaru. Kind­ness had taken pole but con­tin­ued to slip back and re­tired on lap nine. Colin Simp­son took sec­ond but it was Paul Bry­don who pro­vided the en­ter­tain­ment on his way to third, hav­ing started last in his BMW.

With drier con­di­tions for race two, Simp­son made the bet­ter start and led the first six laps but was sub­se­quently called in with a black and or­ange flag af­ter smoke was pour­ing from his Mar­cos. Don­ald­son sur­vived a high-speed run down the hill at Duf­fus be­fore suf­fer­ing a blown en­gine soon af­ter tak­ing the lead. Hav­ing just in­her­ited the lead, Kind­ness also suf­fered an en­gine prob­lem and re­tired. With bro­ken cars lit­ter­ing the track, the race was red flagged, giv­ing the win to Phil Dry­burgh.

Greig Suther­land headed David Mcnaughton from lights to flag in the first BMW Com­pact race and scored his first win. Mcnaughton fought back in race two and briefly grabbed the lead on lap four. The top two were joined by Gary Clark and Cliff Harper un­til the drama of lap seven, when Suther­land col­lided with a back­marker and re­tired. There­after, Mcnaughton set­tled into a rhythm and pulled away for his first win.

Jor­dan Gronkowski looked the more con­fi­dent in the wet con­di­tions of the first Scot­tish For­mula Ford race and came home three sec­onds clear of Neil Ma­clen­nan. How­ever, Ma­clen­nan took the win in the dry of race two as Gronkowski slipped back to third be­hind a spir­ited Jamie Thor­burn.

Harry Simp­son dom­i­nated the Clas­sic Sports and Saloons races af­ter Tommy Gil­martin spun off in race one. De­spite start­ing at the back, Gil­martin fought back to third in race two, while Ray­mond Boyd showed con­sis­tency to take two sec­ond place fin­ishes.

John Pater­son took two wins in Leg­ends de­spite the best ef­forts of David Hunter, who won the first heat. Wayne Ma­caulay dom­i­nated both Ford Fi­esta races al­though the high­light was a spir­ited bat­tle for sec­ond be­tween Peter Cruick­shank and Kevin Whyte in race two.

1 Vic Covey Jr 12m47.998s (59.38mph); 2 Han­nah Chap­man +1.487s; 3 Ian Munro; 4 Des Wheat­ley; 5 Paul Bell; 6 Jock Borth­wick. FL Daniel Dree­lan 1m07.634s (67.43mph). P Covey Jr. S 23. Race two (9 laps) 1 Covey Jr 10m09.907s (67.30mph); 2 Munro +1.210s; 3 Do­minic Wheat­ley; 4 Bell; 5 Wil­liam Blake; 6 Bran­don Walsh. FL Borth­wick 1m06.470s (68.61mph). P Covey Jr. S 23.

1 Blake 12m43.619s (53.75mph); 2 Dy­lan O’don­nell +0.125s; 3 Borth­wick; 4 Bell; 5 Do­minic Wheat­ley; 6 Covey Jr. FL Covey Jr 1m04.601s (70.60mph). P O’don­nell. S 23.

1 Ian Don­ald­son (Mit­subishi Lancer E9) 11m49.065s (77.18mph); 2 Colin Simp­son (Mar­cos Man­tis) +19.728s; 3 Paul Bry­don (BMW M3); 4 Mark Daw­son (SEAT Leon Cupra); 5 Phil Dry­burgh (Ginetta G50); 6 Gra­ham Robert­son (BMW E46 M3). Class win­ners Simp­son; Wil­liam Rob­son (Ford Fo­cus RS); Char­lie Fraser (West­field). FL Don­ald­son 56.851s (80.22mph). P Adam Kind­ness (Subaru Im­preza). S 14. 1 Dry­burgh 8m01.243s (75.81mph); 2 Bry­don +4.879s; 3 Daw­son; 4 Scott Tol­lan (Ford Es­cort Cos­worth); 5 Robert­son; 6 Rob­son. CW Tol­lan; Rob­son; Fraser. FL Don­ald­son 55.066s (82.82mph). P Don­ald­son. S 13. 1 Greig Suther­land 20m34.632 (55.41mph); 2 David Mcnaughton +0.936s; 3 Cliff Harper; 4 Gary Clark; 5 Neil Macinnes; 6 Lee El­rick. FL Harper 1m08.924s (66.17mph). P Suther­land. S 21. 1 Mcnaughton 17m13.422s (52.96mph); 2 Clark +0.196s; 3 Harper; 4 El­rick; 5 Macinnes; 6 Steven Goldie. FL Mcnaughton 1m03.923s (71.34mph). P Suther­land. S 21.

1 Jor­dan Gronkowski (Van Diemen JL012K) 12m48.776s (71.19mph); 2 Neil Ma­clen­nan (Ray GR09) +2.731s; 3 Jamie Thor­burn (Ray GR15); 4 Matthew Cow­ley (Van Diemen JL13); 5 Se­bas­tian Mel­rose (Ray GR14); 6 David Thor­burn (Ray GR15). CW Matthew Chisholm (Van Diemen RF92). FL Gronkowski 1m03.203s (72.16mph). P Gronkowski. S 12.

1 Ma­clen­nan 13m33.814s (67.25mph); 2 Jamie Thor­burn +7.623s; 3 Gronkowski; 4 Mel­rose; 5 Cow­ley; 6 Chisholm. CW Chisholm. FL Ma­clen­nan 57.614s (79.16mph). P Gronkowski. S 12. 1m04.411s (69.02mph). P Simp­son. S 12.

1 Simp­son 26m42.671s (54.58mph); 2 Boyd +4.132s; 3 Gil­martin; 4 Bernard; 5 Mont­gomery; 6 Crow. CW Boyd; Gil­martin; Crow; Dal­trey. FL Gil­martin 59.043s (77.24mph). P Simp­son. S 12.

1 David Hunter 9m11.224s (66.19mph); 2 John Pater­son +0.119s; 3 Billy Wait; 4 Ivor Green­wood; 5 Ross Marshall; 6 Pino Palazzo. FL Pater­son 1m07.242s (67.82mph). P Ste­wart Black. S 11. Race two (8 laps) 1 Pater­son 9m00.974s (67.44mph); 2 Hunter +8.886s; 3 Marshall; 4 Black; 5 Green­wood; 6 Palazzo. FL Pater­son 1m06.629s (68.45mph). P Pater­son. S 11.

1 Pater­son 10m26.426s (72.80mph); 2 Hunter +5.801s; 3 Marshall; 4 Green­wood; 5 Black; 6 Palazzo. FL Pater­son 1m01.187s (74.52mph). P Billy Wait. S 11.

APRIL 6 2016

Covey took two Mini vic­to­ries

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