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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