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Jonny Macgre­gor suf­fered the highs and lows of motorsport in the Brit­car GT & Pro­duc­tion Cham­pi­onship last week­end at Croft.

Hav­ing dam­aged the floor of his Tara­nis in the opener, he and the team spent most of Sun­day mak­ing re­pairs and just made the fi­nale. Start­ing at the rear, Macgre­gor stormed from the back to a mem­o­rable win ahead of Andy Robin­son and the third-placed As­ton of Chris Murphy and Jonny Cocker.

In the first race ear­lier, dif­fi­cult con­di­tions caught out many of the small grid, with Lance Gauld man­ag­ing his Porsche Cay­man to a win ahead of Murphy and Cocker and the BMW E46 M3 of Mike Moss/kevin Clarke.

The Brit­car En­durance Cham­pi­onship’s three-hour race was largely pro­ces­sional. The lack of over­tak­ing was down in part to a dom­i­nant show­ing from Phil Han­son/nigel Moore, who steered their Audi R8 LMS to a win and the cham­pi­onship lead. They fin­ished a lap ahead of the sec­ond placed BMW Z4 GT3 of Ian Law­son/kevin Clarke, with Calum Lockie and David Ma­son’s Fer­rari 458 GT3 fin­ish­ing third.

James Dor­lin left Croft a dou­ble-win­ner in the Miche­lin Clio Se­ries, but his sec­ond win came after hold­ing his nerve. Pole­sit­ter Brett Lid­sey was dis­patched at Cler­vaux on the open­ing lap, but Lid­sey re­lent­lessly hounded the leader un­til the flag. Josh Cook rounded off the podium in third in a guest ap­pear­ance, but ear­lier in the day he was the clos­est to Dor­lin. A strong start in that first race had let Dor­lin pull well clear, leav­ing a lonely race for Cook where he fin­ished com­fort­ably ahead of Tom Bar­ley.

There was also a dou­ble-win­ner in the Ju­nior Sa­loons, where Katie Mil­ner con­tin­ued her ti­tle chal­lenge. Mil­ner looked com­fort­able in the first race, con­vert­ing her strong lead into vic­tory ahead of Oliver Wilmott and Mat­teo Zanetti. How­ever, she didn’t have it all her own way early on. Solid de­fend­ing led to her hold­ing her points lead over ti­tle ri­val Ge­orge Sut­ton, who could only place sev­enth.

Sut­ton would chal­lenge Mil­ner in the fi­nale though. He ini­tially held the lead, but an im­pres­sive move on the out­side of Tower early on put Mil­ner back in front and Wilmott seized the chance to jump Sut­ton for third, set­ting the race’s fi­nal or­der.

A strong en­try of 40 cars in the North­ern Sa­loons was split into two grids, with Bill Ad­di­son storm­ing to a brace in the A& E class and Kirk Ar­mitage do­ing the same in the B,C, D & H show­ings.

Ad­di­son’s Cater­ham was largely un­chal­lenged, tak­ing a sim­ple win in the opener ahead of Paul Wolfitt’s Mini and Andy Wil­son’s Porsche. The sec­ond was more chal­leng­ing, with Wolfitt’s Mini tipped into a bar­rel roll on the open­ing lap. With the driver un­hurt, there was a short­ened race and a restart that Ad­di­son had the mea­sure of for his sec­ond vic­tory.

There was more drama in the bat­tle for sec­ond be­hind. Mike Cutt and Paul Bry­don’s bat­tle for the po­si­tion ended with the pair in the bar­ri­ers at Cler­vaux, al­low­ing Mark Jes­sop and An­drew Mor­ri­son to round off the podium.

Ar­mitage’s feat in the other race was more straight­for­ward, win­ning the opener by more than half a minute. Be­hind, all eyes were on the thrilling bat­tle for sec­ond be­tween Martin White­house in the BMW 328 and the Porsche 944 Turbo of David Bot­ter­ill. White­house came out on top with the podium then re­peated in the fi­nale.

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