Starting from the back of the grid following his retirement from yesterday’s race, Tom Sharp put on an exceptional performance in the wet in a bid to close the gap to championship leader Carl Breeze, and as the lights went out, we were in for 14 laps of pure adrenaline.
A poor start for Ingram saw his wheels spin on the slippery grid, allowing yesterday’s race winner Mark Davies, and Breeze to get away, with Hill taking third place as they headed into the first corner, but after seeing Breeze take the race lead from Davies into Westfield, Ingram knew he needed to step up to keep his championship bid alive.
In the G50 class, Harry Cockill commanded the swelling crowd’s attention as he took the lead of the class, with Somerfield in second and yesterday’s winner Declan Jones in third; however, the trio was unable to hold of the orange blue of Sharp’s G55 as it cut through the field and up into the top 10 by the end of lap one.
A spin for the G50 Somerfield on lap three saw him retire from the race into the pit lane, handing second place to Jones and third to Connaire Finn, whilst up ahead Andrew Richardson is having a great recovery drive after his retirement from yesterday race as he fought with Jamie Orton for 11thplace.
Sharp travelled further up the order on lap four having passed Walkinshaw for fifth place, clamping himself onto the back of Hill and Ingram, and the battle of the two Tom’s got underway…
In the G50 class, Gaffney and Finn crossed the line 0.039 seconds apart for third place, as yesterday winner Declan Jones started to reel in in Cockill for the lead as Somefield retired into the pit lane.
Lap seven saw Richardson take ninth place from Hoggarth, whilst Hill began to back Ingram into the pursuing car of Sharp, who makes a move stick on lap later. Ahead though, Davies had managed to pull out a 2.935 second lead over Breeze in second with Sharp in third.
The championship contenders run 0.080 seconds apart as they cross the line for the 11thtime, whilst behind them, contact between Ingram and Richardson sees Ingram lose places, as a tap from Sharp sees Breeze twitching, but having passed Hill at Paddock, Richardson makes the most of the Sharp / Breeze battle and passed the pair of them in a spectacular move for second place at Druids.
The final lap saw Walkinshaw tumble down the field after contact with the rejoing car on Ingram, leaving Davies to cruise home with a win of over 10 seconds, with his teammate settling for second and Breeze taking the final podium step from Sharp. The G50 honours was claimed by Harry Cockill, with Jones in second and Finn third.
Speaking about his second win of the weekend in what has been his first outing contesting the G55 after wrapping up the 2012 G50 championship at Silverstone, Davies said; “The race was just perfect, it took me a few laps to get used to the conditions. We changed the setup again from testing on Friday and the win is great.”
After bringing home his car from the back of the grid to secure Richardson Racing a 1-2 finish, Andrew Richardson said; “I want to see the move again on TV! I can’t really remember what happened, I was side-by-side going into Paddock Hill Bend with Hill and then had the chance to go outside Breeze and Sharp at Druids. I 1-2 finish is a great result for the team, we have the cars set up really well, both were spot on and it’s an awesome result.”
With the 2012 Ginetta GT Supercup winner set to be decided in the third and final race this weekend, current leader Breeze said; “The second race was tough, we had no grip so to get a podium was great. We will do our best for the final race, it’s all we can do, then we’ll see how it pans out.”
Breeze’s rival Sharp added; “I did the best I could, but it was never going to be easy. Whatever happens this afternoon, I’ve had my most successful season yet and enjoyed myself in the process.”
With the showdown planned for 15.55, find out who takes the 2012 crown on ITV4 or www.ginetta.com/live