A third win of the season sees Alistair Camp narrowly extend his championship lead over Matt Luff who followed him nose-to-tail for all of the opening race. The result means Camp now has a 15 point gap in the standings, with only two points separating Luff, David Buky and Jamie Tonks behind. For Camp though, the result will give him confidence ahead of the reverse grid feature at Oulton Park in which he will have to work his way through in the midfield.
Prior the race start, Dan Thackeray was forced to pit with mechanical issues taking him immediately out of contention before the lights had even gone out.
Despite starting from the outside of the grid, Camp was not prepared to get stuck in the dirty air of polesitter Matt Luff, out-dragging him into Old Hall Corner. The pair did run parallel for slower sections of the opening lap, but Camp was not deterred, quickly slamming the door and forcing his rival to settle for second, running in the dirty air.
The start had been poor for George Alp-Williams, who had lost five places. The 17-year-old was quick to hit back though, running around the outside of both Ben Mills and Morgan Bailey into Old Hall Corner on the second lap, one of the overtakes of the race.
Up front, Camp and Luff were quick to break away, pulling a gap out to Jamie Tonks who was himself defending fiercely from the charging Phillip Wright. Pressure would be temporarily off Tonks after the #63 locked its rear brakes into Hislops drifting sideways into the chicane. Wright would catch it in time though, maintain his place ahead of David Buky to reset his attack.
As the race counted down, Luff had been slowly dropping back from Camp, appearing to run out of pace. As the former-Ginetta driver proved though, he was prepared to save his best until last, closing in with two minutes to go and hounding the leader. Camp though, had also been preserving his tyres too, managing to edge the #72 enough that he took the flag by 0.7 seconds. Luff and eventually Tonks would complete the podium, having fallen seven seconds behind.
Despite running in close proximity to Wright during some of the race, Buky dropped back in the final laps, crossing the line four seconds back, proving to be just enough to hold-off birthday boy, Ryan Bensley for Concept Motorsport as well as Alp-Williams who by now had cleared Morgan Bailey and Robert Butler. Completing the top ten would be Ben Mills in the #666, the only FN2-spec chassis in the Cup class.
Speaking to the series after the race, Alistair Camp said;
“It was all about the first corner, I’d say. I managed to get it pinned, then managed to get the run off the line into Old Hall, cut across and that was it. Then we just kept our head down and tried our best. The heat is of course a massive issue, we found that out yesterday and we put on a new set of tyres just to ensure we had that run.”
In the Production Class, Mervyn Beckett retook the championship lead after a class win ahead of Jon Peerless in the second of the FN2’s featured this weekend.
Beckett, from pole, was quick to establish himself as the leader with his main rivals stuck behind traffic. All eyes would be on Alfie Threlfall, but the title leader was unable to make progress, stuck behind Simon Welch. He’d had a brake issue in qualifying and this appeared to be carrying over into the race. The short straights and heavy braking zones were torture on the Civic and Threlfall was forced to settle for last in class as Mark Hughes rounded out the Production Podium.
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Full Results can be found on TSL Timing