WRIGLEY JOINS THE HAT-TRICK TOMS

Wrigley wins all three races, match­ing name­sakes In­gram and Sharp

Motor Sport News - - Btcc Report: Donington Park - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

Tom Wrigley joined a very elite group of Toms at Doning­ton Park. He is now only the third driver to win all three Ginetta GT4 Su­percup races in a week­end since the cat­e­gory switched to its cur­rent for­mat in 2011, match­ing the achieve­ments of his name­sakes In­gram and Sharp.

Dur­ing the whole of 2015, Rob Bos­ton Rac­ing driver Wrigley man­aged two vic­to­ries. He has now dou­bled that al­ready this year with his im­pres­sive hat-trick adding to a win at Brands Hatch last time out.

The first two wins were rel­a­tively straight­for­ward as he was able to lead away from pole, but he still had to deal with safety cars erod­ing his lead in both con­tests.

In the first race, stranded Ama­teur driver John Wall caused a cau­tion at one-third dis­tance, but Wrigley made a good restart to head home his main ti­tle ri­vals: Jamie Or­ton (Triple M) and Will Burns (Dou­glas Mo­tor­sport).

Sec­ond time around it was Mark Davies who caused the safety car with a spin at Redgate mid-race, but again Wrigley was able to pull an ad­van­tage when the green flags waved. Or­ton and Burns du­elled for much of the early stages but the bat­tle for sec­ond was set­tled when Or­ton made a small mis­take at Old Hair­pin.

Wrigley started fifth for the par­tially re­versed grid fi­nale but that didn’t stop him from com­plet­ing a mem­o­rable hat-trick.

He made a cou­ple of ex­cel­lent moves to pass front row starters Carl Board­ley and Tom Hib­bert through the Craner Curves and Redgate, re­spec­tively, to take an­other vic­tory.

“That was amaz­ing – it’s not been done for three years,” he beamed. “I was hop­ing for a podium in race three but also in the back of my mind I knew I had a chance as I had been dom­i­nat­ing the week­end.”

Wrigley’s path to glory was made a bit eas­ier by Or­ton hit­ting Burns at Redgate, with the for­mer team-mates drop­ping to the tail of the field af­ter Or­ton suf­fered an­other spin. Their strug­gles meant Wrigley left Doning­ton with a mas­sive 50-point lead over Burns in the stand­ings.

Burns and Or­ton’s col­li­sion paved the way for Ben Green to take a bril­liant maiden podium af­ter pass­ing Hib­bert on the brakes into Mcleans.

“That was hard work,” he said. “The plan was to be fight­ing for podi­ums in the sec­ond half of the sea­son so I’m re­ally happy.”

At Brands, Colin White achieved an Ama­teur hat-trick but couldn’t match Wrigley’s feat this time. A last­lap col­li­sion with James Guess de­nied him in the opener, hand­ing the win to Gra­hame Til­ley. White made amends in the sec­ond race af­ter a mis­take from Fraser Robert­son on the penul­ti­mate lap al­lowed him to win, and he fol­lowed that up with an­other tri­umph in the fi­nale.

Photos: Jakob Ebrey

Wrigley (l) leads the field away

Green took first podium

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