Tom Witts kept his VW Racing Cup title hopes alive with another round to go at Brands Hatch next month taking two wins to current leader Phil House’s one.
Toby Davis led race one from pole, with House, Witts, Simon Rudd and Peter Barrable engaging in a four-way fight for second, until the safety car intervened for four laps. Davis was clear again from the green flag, but a broken balljoint sent House dropping down the order and left Witts to close in on Davis’s lead.
Into Mcleans on lap 10, they were nose-to-tail before Witts made the decisive move exiting the Esses. Rudd and Davis then exchanged as Barrable looked on but, after running four abreast into Goddards on consecutive laps, Davis settled back into second with a lap to go, as Barrable completed the podium and Paul Ivens snatched a last lap fourth from Rudd.
The partially reversed grid for race two handed Paul Dehadray pole, but his lead soon ended in the Redgate gravel. That left Ivens to hold off Bobby Thompson, with Barrable into third when Witts went wide into Goddards.
Thompson piled the pressure on and led into Melbourne on lap two, leaving Witts to fight Ivens for second, as the safety car appeared again.
Within a lap of the green flag, House had demoted both Ivens and Witts, but Witts was third into Mcleans. Thompson’s advantage soon disappeared and House went by into Melbourne to claim a last lap victory, with Witts following after Thompson was forced wide and down to third. Ivens held onto fourth, well clear of Kieran Gordon, after Barrable pitted.
Witts got his second win after taking Davis and easing clear of a scrap. Thompson eventually broke for second with Rudd completing the podium.
Newly crowned Ginetta GT5 Challenge champion Ollie Chadwick led home Ryan and Jonny Hadfield in their first race of the weekend, with all three holding station throughout. In race two, Matt Chapman battled hard but had to give best to the Hadfields. Once ahead Ryan escaped. Jonny joined him a lap later as seven cars fought for third. But into Mcleans on the last lap Jonny was tripped up by backmarkers, leaving Jac Constable in second as Chapman just held off Alex Toth-jones for third.
Chadwick ended his season with another win in race three, with Ryan Hadfield a clear second and Matt Palmer classified third after Chapman was penalised for starting out of position.
Phil Ingram had a winning treble in the Ginetta Racing Drivers’ Club. Richard Tetlow had been caught up in a first corner melee in race one, but still fought back to claim second on the last lap from Richard Anderson. Tetlow found himself chasing Ingram again in the second and third races from start to finish. Richard Isherwood completed the second race podium. Anderson ousted David Holloway at Redgate for third on the last lap in race three.
Mark Ashworth’s TVR Grantura led the Equipe GTS from the third lap. Andrew Bentley’s MGB was in second for the most part.
In the first Saloon & Sports race Gary Bate’s Caterham just held off Dean Cook’s TVR Sagaris to win race one. With Cook in the gravel on the first lap, Bate shook off Anthony Bennett’s Caterham for win number two.