SIL­VER­STONE: MSVR BY STEPHEN BRUNSDON

Motor Sport News - - Racing Reports -

Jor­dan Witt heads into the fi­nal round of the GT Cup next month with a three point ad­van­tage over Tom and James Webb af­ter an up-and-down Sil­ver­stone week­end.

The 25-year-old took pole for the open­ing race by nearly three sec­onds but the Bent­ley driver was soon forced into dam­age lim­i­ta­tion. Gra­ham David­son bagged a dou­ble vic­tory in his Mclaren in the sprint events, but Witt bounced back to win the 50-minute en­durance race.

Witt’s week­end nearly un­rav­elled on the first lap of race one. A spin at Brook­lands while con­test­ing the lead with David­son left the for­mer Car­rera Cup driver at the back of the pack. Witt fought back to claim points in seventh, only four places be­hind main ri­vals, Tom and James Webb in their BMW M3. That pair had been beaten to sec­ond by the Fer­rari 458 of John Dhillon and Aaron Scott.

On pole again for race two, Witt was over­hauled by David­son once more, this time on the run to Copse. The gap ebbed and flowed, but the Bent­ley couldn’t keep pace and had to set­tle for sec­ond.

With the ti­tle in mind, Witt made an assertive move on David­son into Vil­lage in the closing stages to win the fi­nal 50-minute en­durance race.

Jack Manch­ester prof­ited from a blis­ter­ing start from fourth on the grid to cruise to a maiden win in the open­ing Rad­i­cal Chal­lenge Cham­pi­onship race. Fresh from a sea­son’s best sec­ond place last time out at Brands Hatch, Manch­ester was im­pe­ri­ous in the wet, beat­ing near­est ri­val Brian Caud­well by over 17s. Caud­well and Manch­ester were both in the wars in race two, both hav­ing sep­a­rate spins on the open­ing lap, leav­ing pole­sit­ter Jack Lang to add an easy win to his race one podium.

Lang’s ex­cep­tional con­sis­tency proved key as he picked up max­i­mum points in the dry en­durance race. Bradley Smith took vic­tory in the In­vi­ta­tional class.

Ryan Sav­age made a dar­ing last-lap pass on Adam Knight to take a thrilling vic­tory in the first Lo­tus Cup and Elise en­counter. Hav­ing headed the field early on, Sav­age was caught and passed by Knight midrace but fought back to snatch the win by un­der 0.3s.

Ja­son Baker pounced late on Adam Mckay, who had led most of the way, to take the hon­ours in a sub­stan­tially drier sec­ond race. Rob My­ers fin­ished a lonely third, al­most a minute be­hind.

Ben Cater with­stood in­tense pres­sure from JMT Mono­posto race one win­ner Chris Hod­gen to take the sec­ond by 1.9s.

Rob­bie Watts pre­vailed in an epic bat­tle with pole­man Ge­orge Line to score his third con­sec­u­tive F3 Cup win. Line re­ceived a 10s penalty for a jump-start but con­tin­ued to race to the end, run­ning side-by-side with Watts on the fi­nal tour. Daryl Jones in­her­ited sec­ond, while Shane Kelly re­cov­ered from a lowly grid slot to ex­tend his points ad­van­tage in third. Race two was just as close. Line won ahead of James Hef­fer­nan.

Stu­art Waite cruised to a brace of Pro­duc­tion BMW & Toyo Tires Saloons vic­to­ries in his M3, while James Raven won the Su­per­series FF1600 race in the Ray GR15.

Witt moved closer to GT ti­tle

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