AND THE WIN­NERS ARE... CAR UP­GRADES HELP GENT GRAB WINS

THRUX­TON: BARC BY TOM ERRINGTON A mam­moth en­try from the Clas­sic Tour­ing Cars was split into three grids and pro­vided a trio of dom­i­nant show­ings at Thrux­ton.

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Dale Gent would be the most im­pres­sive win­ner of the tour­ing car events, tak­ing a com­mand­ing brace in the Thun­der Sa­loons and Pre 2003 Volk­swa­gen events.

Gent’s Subaru Im­preza had the grunt re­quired at the high-speed cir­cuit, but a new, big­ger spoiler pushed him to an­other level ahead of his com­peti­tors.

In each race, Gent would hold his lead through the open­ing cor­ners be­fore pulling away into the dis­tance.

“This is only my sec­ond time at Thrux­ton, but it suits the car so well,” he said. “We added a big­ger spoiler as it could be twitchy through Church, but I was ab­so­lutely planted this time.”

It meant that his near­est ri­vals Vaughan Fletcher and Tom Hib­bert would run to sec­ond and third re­spec­tively both times with lit­tle chance of a race win.

Ray West joined in on the tour­ing car control with two wins in the com­bined Pre ’93 Tour­ing Cars and the Blue Oval Sa­loons, but had to over­come a back­marker error and a safety car restart to take his brace.

In the opener West pulled clear, but was quickly reined in by a safety car af­ter An­drew Smith’s Honda went off on the sec­ond lap.

West sur­vived the restart to win ahead

New spoiler handed Gent ad­van­tage at fast Thrux­ton Wheeler took both BCV8 wins in tight races

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