MG Metro Cup points leader Ben Rush­worth could manage only fifth in round six of the cham­pi­onship at Mal­lory Park as win­ner Lee Con­nell en­joyed his first podium fin­ish of the sea­son.

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Con­nell started strongly from the out­side of the front row and led into Ger­ard’s Bend, with Rush­worth drop­ping back from pole into fourth. He made two places back on the sec­ond lap, how­ever, then dived through on the in­side of Con­nell at Ger­ard’s to take the lead on lap four.

Rush­worth built a small mar­gin but prob­lems set in and Con­nell re­took him at the Esses on lap 11, with the bat­tling Ash­tons fol­low­ing through a cou­ple of laps later. Richard Gar­rard won the drag race to fourth po­si­tion at the flag from the down-on-power Rush­worth, while up the road An­drew Ashton got the bet­ter of brother Jack, hav­ing been be­hind for much of the con­test.

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