Motor Sport News - - British Gt Report -

In the trio of Ginetta GT5 Chal­lenge races, Richard Evans fol­lowed up his clean sweep of GRDC+ class wins at the open­ing round at Brands Hatch with two fur­ther suc­cesses at Rock­ing­ham, while for­mer Mazda MX-5 racer Si­mon Traves also claimed a race win.

Race one be­gan in dra­matic style when, at­tempt­ing to out­brake each other into Deene, both front row starters Evans and Richard Smith ran off track. Both driv­ers were able to re­join near the back of the field. Traves in­her­ited the lead, pur­sued by Richard El­liker and An­drew Mar­shall.

Both Evans and Smith at­tempted to fight back, but their re­cov­er­ies were over­shad­owed by a bril­liant drive from Shawn Flem­ing. Hav­ing started 16th on the grid, Flem­ing set a suc­ces­sion of rapid laps to move into sec­ond by lap eight and even threat­ened to ruin Traves’ com­fort­able run to the flag as the race came to a close. The laps ul­ti­mately ran out for Flem­ing, but he was only 1.5 sec­onds be­hind at the fin­ish.

Hav­ing bounced back to fifth in race one, Evans made amends for his first race dis­ap­point­ment to win race two, hav­ing pow­ered around the out­side of leader Flem­ing on the ap­proach to Tarzan on the third lap.

In race three, Evans had to bat­tle his way to the front again to claim the vic­tory ahead of Traves. Adrian Camp­bel­lSmith, who briefly led the con­test, had to set­tle for third.

Paul Thacker was the star of the show in the pair of Su­per 7 In­ter Se­ries races, win­ning both to add to his suc­cess at Sil­ver­stone at the start of April. Os­car Rovelli and Justin Arm­strong came home sec­ond and third re­spec­tively, hav­ing in­dulged in an en­tic­ing bat­tle for the lead in the early laps be­fore Thacker pounced. Phil Jenk­ins was the first SS class driver.

If his first race win was im­pres­sive, Thacker’s per­for­mance in race two was even bet­ter. De­spite start­ing right at the back of the 26-car grid, he blasted past the en­tire field by lap five and went on to win by over seven sec­onds. Rovelli held on for an­other sec­ond, ahead of pole po­si­tion holder John White­house.

In his maiden out­ing in a race car, Phil In­gram took vic­tory in the first Ginetta Rac­ing Driv­ers Club con­test, but it was never guar­an­teed un­til the end. Jack Oliphant, brother of reign­ing Ginetta GT4 Su­percup cham­pion Tom, had looked a pos­si­ble win­ner un­til spin­ning at Brook late in the race. This en­abled In­gram, who had suc­cess­fully come out on top in a bat­tle with Richard Tet­low, to take the spoils. Tet­low came home sec­ond ahead of David Hol­loway, as Oliphant climbed back to fourth.

Race two was far more com­fort­able for In­gram, tak­ing a lights-to-flag win from Tet­low. Oliphant com­pleted the podium, while the bat­tle for fourth was re­solved in Richard Ish­er­wood’s favour when Richard An­der­son spun at Grace­lands. Mark Lib­beter

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