Butler capitalises on Bailey mistake to take win number two at Brands Hatch

Rob Butler takes his second win of the year after making the best of a late-race mistake by long-time Cup Class race leader Morgan Bailey as Mervyn Beckett took his fifth win of the season in the Production Class.

Bailey made a great start from row two of the top ten reversed grid as both George Alp-Williams and Max Edmundson had poor getaways from the front row with Alp-Williams in second ahead of Butler, Matt Luff, Edmondson and Dave Bukey.

Butler was already on the attack two laps in as he began attacking Alp-Williams for second place as further back Edmundson locked up at Clearways and went off track trying to pass Matt Luff for fourth place, eventually rejoining in fourteenth place.

Bailey held the lead from Alp Williams as Butler kept up the pressure, with his hard work paying off as Bailey out brakedĀ himself going into Paddock Hill Bend, allowing both Butler and Luff through on lap six.

Butler got his head down once again an started to close the gap on race leader Bailey ahead of the following pack of Luff, Alp-Williams, Sharpe, Bukey and series leader Alistair Camp in seventh place holding the fastest lap and looking to make up ground.

Camp managed to get past both Bukey and Alp-Wiliams in the late stages of the race to take fifth place as the battle for the lead went to the wire.

Bailey lost the Civic going into Paddock Hill Bend with Butler being able to profit from the move to take the lead and the win with Luff coming home second ahead of Bailey whilst Sharpe and Cap completed the top five.

Alp-Williams took sixth place in the end ahead of Buky with Jamie tonks, Philip Wright and Ryan Bensley completing the top ten.

In the Production class it was Michael Threlfall who was on the reversed grid pole position, however, he was beaten off the line by Mark Hughes as Nick Charlier ran in third place early on.

Production Class contenders Mervyn Beckett and Alfie Threlfall soon moved past Charlier as they made their way forward, with Beckett soon moving into the lead after passing Hughes as Michael Threlfall fell down the Production Class field.

Alfie Threlfall moved into second place as both Harry Threlfall and Charlier had a mid-race battle for third place which saw the two drivers switch positon over several laps before Charlier come out on top.

Harry Threlfall dropped to sixth place in the final laps before passing Matthew Stenning to cross the line in fifth place, behind Beckett, Alfie Threlfall and Charlier with Hughes holding on to take fourth place.

Stenning took sixth place ahead of Rhys Lewis with Simon Welch and Michael Threlfall the last classified runners.

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