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Civic Cup spoils for Files and Edmundson

- MARK PAULSON

SNETTERTON BRSCC 18-19 MAY

Area Motorsport duo Josh Files and Max Edmundson were the class of a quality

Civic Cup field at Snetterton, as the former broke his championsh­ip duck and the latter maintained his lead atop the standings.

Multiple TCR champion Files had scored two podiums at last month’s season opener despite a faulty differenti­al but, with that diagnosed and fixed, he raced to a brace of wins from pole position at his local circuit.

Edmundson twice followed his illustriou­s team-mate home, which sandwiched a superb drive to victory in the reversed-grid encounter. He started it ninth, but was fourth within a lap, before passing Spencer Stevenson, who was hampered by damper trouble, then Alex Kite with an audacious outside charge around Coram.

Edmundson eventually pressured team-mate Liam Mcgill into some mistakes and dived ahead at the Wilson hairpin on the last lap. Mcgill beat Files to second, the only driver to halt the pair’s dominance.

Carl Swift extended his Audi TT Cup winning run to four before the streak was finally broken. After jumping polesitter

Rob Boston, Swift was imperious in Saturday’s races, with team-mate Bradley Burns twice second. Sunday’s partially drawn-grid race was won comprehens­ively by Adam Blair before he was disqualifi­ed for using a non-compliant part, handing Mazda MX-5 champion Steve Foden a maiden success.

Boston’s weekend unravelled when contact affected his geometry, before losing out in more rumbustiou­s racing. After getting spun down the order in race one, 2022 Civic Cup conqueror Matt Luff impressed as he returned to 10th, rose to fourth in the sequel, and inherited second in the finale.

Adam Shepherd came close to a TCR UK hat-trick, easily beating champion Carl Boardley’s similar Cupra Leon in the opener, then rising to second from 10th on race two’s reversed grid. Third within a lap, he set about Boardley, getting a run out of the Agostini hairpin and completing the move into Hamilton. Boardley’s retaliatio­n resulted in contact at Oggies and, although he finished second on the road, the clerk reversed the positions. Ahead of them, Brad Hutchison’s Cupra was largely unchalleng­ed en route to victory.

An exhausted Shepherd took another win on Sunday after grappling with intermitte­nt power-steering failure, a recurrence from Friday testing. Joe Marshall, denied his front-row grid slot a day earlier by driveshaft failure on his Audi RS3 LMS, homed in with lap-record pace but Shepherd held firm.

Another who might have had a hat-trick was Mini Se7en pacesetter Joe Thompson. He ran three abreast with Ross Billison and Damien Harrington in race one before rounding Billison at Brundle in a decisive last-lap move. Thompson’s race-two success was stripped for tipping Harrington into a spin at Coram on the final tour, gifting Billison victory from Spencer Wanstall.

Thompson then led the Se7ens on a grid combined with Mini Miglias but Billison was in front when it was halted early. The stoppage was caused by Jeff Smith’s Miglia rolling from the lead battle after clipping a sausage kerb at Nelson, as Aaron Smith triumphed from Kane Astin. Earlier, Astin had won from Jeff Smith and Ben Colburn while the younger (unrelated) Smith suffered a suspected electrical failure, retiring with no drive.

Finn Leslie’s overly robust move cost him a Fiesta Junior double. Jenson O’neill-going’s Mk6 ST had set the pace before debutant Jake Wardle’s red-flag inducing inversion, but O’neill-going lost out to Tommy Harfield following the restart and then to Leslie after a final-lap moment. Leslie then dived inside Harfield at Agostini to lead but was later penalised a place for the contact, handing a maiden win to Jenson Mason, who emerged from a three-wide sort-out.

Leslie won a drag race to the line with O’neill-going by 0.022 seconds in the sequel after pressuring his rival into a mistake. Erstwhile points leader Jacob Hodgkiss had a nightmare, with a non-start (diff pin failure) and exclusion (contact).

Alastair Kellett won both of Saturday’s Fiesta ST240 races, then climbed from 10th to third behind John Cooper and Joe Knight on Sunday as Zach Lucas managed only seventh after his Saturday second places.

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 ?? ?? Brace of TCR UK wins went the way of Shepherd
Brace of TCR UK wins went the way of Shepherd
 ?? ?? Files took his first wins in the Civic Cup at Snetterton
Files took his first wins in the Civic Cup at Snetterton

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