SILVERSTONE: BRITCAR BY CHRISTOPHER SHARP
Adriano Medeiros scuppered his chances of extending his championship lead in Classic Formula Ford 1600.
Having held off Mike Gardner to win by just under a second in race one, Medeiros formed up late on the grid for race two. He overtook the field on the formation lap to start on pole instead of starting from the back and was disqualified for the rule infringement.
Topping off a miserable afternoon for Medeiros, he also earned a 10s penalty as a result of a clash with Gardner, who spun out of the race early on. With that, Nigel Lingwood took the race two win post-race and now leads the championship. Matthew Wrigley took Class B honours in both races ahead of Ian Jeary and Kevin Howell.
Ferrari Challenge drivers Bonamy Grimes and Charlie Hollings narrowly missed out on victory in race one of the Dunlop GT & Production Championship, losing by just 0.4s of a second to the 458 GT3 of Calum Lockie and David Mason. Lockie’s advantage over Grimes had been over a lap at the pitstops but, after handing over to Hollings, the Challenge car chased down the Mason-driven GT3 all the way to the chequered flag. Two laps down in third came Whitebridge Motorsport’s Aston Martin GT4 piloted by Chris Murphy and Jonathan Cocker, who also took the third step on the podium in race two.
Sadly, the podium was seen by neither of the Ferraris, with the Lockie/mason car saving fuel and tyres for the Enduro and the Grimes/hollings machine retiring with a gearbox malfunction. The race win went to Mike Moss and David Cooper in their ageing BMW M3 E46.
Phil Hanson and Nigel Moore extended their lead in the Dunlop Endurance Championship with a dominant victory. After initially falling behind the Ferrari 458 GT3 of Lockie and Mason, they fought back to win with a crushing two-lap victory over the Ferrari 458 Challenge driven by Mike and Anthony Wilds – who also won Class 2. Key to their victory was the decision to pit under the two safety car periods, caused by the Macg Racing Taranis of Jonny Macgregor and Ben Sharish shattering a wheel and the Synchro Motorsport Honda Civic of Martin Byford/daniel Wheeler crashing into the spinning Porsche 997 of Mark and Peter Cunningham.
Class 3 was a close contest early on but, despite a strong challenge from the Whitebridge Motorsport Aston Martin GT4 of Jonny Cocker and Chris Murphy, the Bespoke Cars Racing Porsche 997 Cup of Marcus Fothergill, David Benett and Adam Dawson took the win.
Mike Moss, David Cooper and Ashley Bird’s BMW M3 took Class 4 victory. The Byford/wheeler Honda Civic did finish the race 43 laps down and won Class 5.