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It was a week­end of strug­gle and suc­cess for the win­ner of Satur­day’s NAS­CAR Whe­len Euro Se­ries Elite One race, Anthony Kumpen.

Start­ing from pole, the 2014 cham­pion ini­tially pulled away from the pack, with sec­ond place starter Fred­eric Ga­bil­lon re­main­ing within two sec­onds off the lead and ready to pounce, but an er­ror never came from the leader.

Kumpen’s for­tunes changed on Sun­day, as a sud­den rain shower at the start forced the Bel­gian into a num­ber of mis­takes on cir­cuit, drop­ping him down the or­der to 10th.

Pole­sit­ter Alon Day, who had been hop­ing for a wet race, had Ga­bil­lon in close quar­ters through­out, with Day tak­ing his fifth vic­tory by just over one tenth of a sec­ond.

“In the last four or five laps my tyres were just gone,” said Day. “Ga­bil­lon pushed me re­ally hard, so I had to do a lot of block­ing.”

Day ad­mit­ted that he is now think­ing about the cham­pi­onship, with vic­tory plac­ing him 24 points be­hind leader Kumpen.

PK Car­sport’s Stienes Lon­gin kept his cool in an in­tense bat­tle for the lead, with Thomas Fer­rando and pole­man Sal­vador Ti­neo Ar­royo, to take his fifth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory in Satur­day’s Elite Two race. Caal Rac­ing’s Ti­neo Ar­royo fought cleanly in an at­tempt to re­gain the po­si­tions he lost, but he was vis­i­bly dis­ap­pointed with third, jump­ing out of his car and rest­ing his head against the wall of the pit build­ing.

Lon­gin’s win­ning streak was halted the fol­low­ing day by Ar­royo, who de­fended hard against Lon­gin af­ter sev­eral safety car restarts. Hugo Bec came home in third, yet was handed a 30s penalty for exceeding track lim­its, hand­ing the fi­nal podium spot to Fer­rando.

Fred­die Hunt, son of 1976 For­mula 1 world cham­pion James Hunt, had a week­end to for­get af­ter fin­ish­ing in the points at the last round. The Brit came home a lowly 19th in the first race and re­tired from the sec­ond af­ter run­ning in a solid eighth.

John Lyne stormed to vic­tory in the MSVT Track­day Tro­phy in a race of high at­tri­tion. Pole­sit­ter Ge­orge Wright held a com­fort­able lead over the field in his Porsche 944 un­til an en­gine is­sue forced him to re­tire on the fourth lap, pro­mot­ing Lyne to first and Dean Hyde into sec­ond.

Nick Jack­son and Paul Hat­ton moved into sec­ond and third dur­ing the manda­tory pit­stops, with Hyde re­main­ing in the pit­lane due to an en­gine fail­ure. Hat­ton’s con­sis­tent pace later moved him into sec­ond, but it wasn’t enough to stop the fault­less Lyne.

Steven Wood took a hat-trick of vic­to­ries in all three rounds of Bernie’s V8s. Wood dom­i­nated from pole in the open­ing two rounds, with the grid for the fi­nal round be­ing de­cided by the or­gan­is­ers to spice up the rac­ing.

Start­ing down in eighth place, Wood quickly fought through the pack of mod­ern and vin­tage mus­cle cars, be­fore emerg­ing on top from a bat­tle with Dean Cook’s TVR Sa­garis for the race lead.

A last-minute over­take on Richard Tar­ling made it back-to-back vic­to­ries for Cham­pion of Brands win­ner Oliver White.

Thanks to a light­ning start, Andy Chars­ley took the lead of the race on lap one from pole­sit­ter White, be­fore ad­mit­ting he had “over­cooked it” at Clear­ways, hand­ing the lead over to Tar­ling and al­low­ing White through into sec­ond.

Af­ter be­ing passed by White, Tar­ling im­me­di­ately slowed on the run up to Druids and later re­tired the car, pro­mot­ing Chars­ley into sec­ond and Ja­son Down to third.

Chris En­derby com­fort­ably won the first MSVR All­com­ers race in his Rad­i­cal SR4. Ian Fearns was in­volved in a three-car tus­sle for sec­ond place, in­clud­ing the fast-start­ing Gary Bate and Mike Roberts in his ADR3.

David En­derby took an im­pres­sive vic­tory in the sec­ond race of the day, which be­gan un­der safety car con­di­tions due to a sud­den down­pour. Start­ing in a lowly ninth place, En­derby scythed his way through the field, tak­ing the two lead­ing Cater­hams of Tony Ben­nett and Rob Grant, who both strug­gled for grip in the treach­er­ous con­di­tions.

For­mer For­mula 1 driver Tony Trim­mer put his vic­tory down to ex­pe­ri­ence in a very wet An­glo Amer­i­can 5000s race filled with spins. The cir­cuit dried out for the sec­ond race and a close bat­tle for the lead de­vel­oped among the top four cars.

Af­ter spin­ning on a patch of oil in the open­ing laps, Gre­gory Thorn­ton took a resur­gent vic­tory in his Sur­tees TS11, with race-one win­ner Trim­mer com­ing home a lonely fourth.

Lewis Smith looked as though he’d seal a dou­ble vic­tory in the Speed­fest Sil­hou­ettes, un­til he be­came the first of many to re­tire with me­chan­i­cal fail­ures in the sec­ond race. This pro­moted Chris Brock­hurst into the lead, only to re­tire with three laps to go, hand­ing vic­tory to Mal­colm Black­man.

1 Day; 2 Ga­bil­lon +0.132s; 3 Goossens; 4 Garcia; 5 Wil­fred Boucenna (Knauf Rac­ing Team); 6 Ni­colo Rocca (Caal Rac­ing). CW Ga­bil­lon; De Don­cker. FL Ga­bil­lon 55.147s (78.85mph). P Day. S 23.

1 Stienes Lon­gin (PK Car­sport); 2 Thomas Fer­rando (Knauf Rac­ing Team) +0.734s; 3 Sal­vador Ti­neo Ar­royo (Caal Rac­ing); 4 Guil­laume De­flan­dre (Caal Rac­ing); 5 Hugo Bec (RDV Com­pe­ti­tion); 6 Eric De Don­cker (Mo­tor­sport 98). CW De Donker; Ric­cardo Gel­trude (Dou­ble T by No­cen­tini); Erika Mon­forte (Dou­ble T by No­cen­tini). FL Ti­neo Ar­royo 49.689s (87.50mph). P Ti­neo Ar­royo. S 25.

1 Ti­neo Ar­royo; 2 Lon­gin +0.622s; 3 Fer­rando; 4 Gel­trude; 5 De Don­cker; 6 Gabriele Gardel (PK Car­sport). CW Gel­trude; De Don­cker. FL Fer­rando 49.975s (87.01mph). P Ti­neo Ar­royo. S 24.

1 John Lyne (VW Golf); 2 Paul Hat­ton (Ford Fo­cus) +26.441s; 3 Nick Jack­son (Volk­swa­gen Golf); 4 Oliver Owen (Re­nault Clio 182); 5 David Phillips/james Wat­son (Toy­ota MR2); 6 Si­mon Ger­rard/ Giles Lock (VW Golf). CW Phillips/ Wat­son; Steven Kelly (Re­nault Clio 172); Colin Tester (Ford Puma); Paul Hat­field/t ris­tan Potkins (Ford Puma). FL Ge­orge Wright/jack Wright (Porsche 944) 56.548s (76.90mph). P G Wright/ J Wright. S 28.

1 Wood; 2 Cook +1.123s; 3 Davis; 4 Cripps; 5 Alec Lives­ley (Jensen Healey); 6 Gra­ham Walden (TVR Tus­can Chal­lenge RV8). CW Lives­ley; Shep­herd. FL Cook 51.68s (84.24mph). P Lives­ley. S 27.

1 Oliver White (Van Diemen RF01); 2 Andy Chars­ley (Ray GR15) +6.496s; 3 Ja­son Down (Getem My­gale); 4 Rory Smith (Van Diemen RF88); 5 Brian Soule (Van Diemen RF88); 6 Lucy Wardrop (Van Diemen RF01). FL Chars­ley 54.515s (79.76mph). P White. S 11.

1 David En­derby; 2 Ross Craig (Honda Civic Type R) +1.574s; 3 Ben­nett; 4 Grant; 5 Gus Des­barats (Ariel Atom Cup); 6 Wil Arif (Cater­ham Road­sport). FL Fearns 57.909s (75.09mph). P Bate. S 18.

1 Thorn­ton; 2 Hall +2.114; 3 Neil Glover (Chevron B37); 4 Trim­mer; 5 Atkin­son; 6 Neil Daws (Lola T332). CW Hall. FL Thorn­ton 50.531s (86.05mph). P Trim­mer. S 8.

1 Lewis Smith (Vaux­hall Ti­gra); 2 Mal­colm Black­man (Vaux­hall Ti­gra) +3.632s; 3 Chris Brock­hurst (Vaux­hall Ti­gra); 4 Steve Bur­rows (Peu­geot 206cc); 5 Keith White (BMW Z4); 6 Reuben Tay­lor (Peu­geot 206cc). CW White. FL Smith 59.856s (72.65mph). P Black­man. S 17.

English Na­tional Hot Rod points win­ner Carl Waller-bar­rett says he has hit form at the right time of the sea­son to land the big­gest prize in the sport, the World Fi­nal.

The World Fi­nal takes place at Fox­hall Heath in Ip­swich on July 2 and this week­end’s Mo­tor­sport News Thun­der 500 at the same venue will be a warm-up for the ul­ti­mate show­down.

Waller-bar­rett won the English points ti­tle at Ip­swich at the end of May in a dead heat fin­ish with ri­val Shane Bland. He beat Bland by a frac­tion to claim the ti­tle by a sin­gle point.

“That was a hair­rais­ing way to win the ti­tle, but things have been get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter for me,” said the 26-year-old, who also

Day starred in the wet Sun­day Kumpen led the dry first out­ing

Fred­die Hunt had a test­ing week­end, in­clud­ing this shunt in race two Oliver White (be­hind) left it late to pass Richard Tar­ling’s Ray in COB

Wood’s Mus­tang was a triple win­ner

Waller-bar­rett took the points ti­tle

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