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Brands Double Caps Off Perfect Season For Crawshaw

4th August 2018 • Stephen Errity

James Crawshaw won twice at Brands Hatch on Saturday to cap off a highly successful debut season in car racing that has seen him win all but one of the 2018 Ginetta Racing Drivers Club races.

The Want2Race competition winner saw off very hot conditions and a safety-car restart to win the first of Saturday’s encounters, just after lunchtime. Starting from pole, he’d eked out a lead of 1.7 seconds over Stephen Docker when racing was briefly interrupted by a safety-car period on lap two.

Behind them, Chris Salkeld was holding on to third place, but fourth-place starter Daniel Morris had dropped down to 10th of the 12 remaining cars.

That promoted Robert Golding, Roy Alderslade, Julian Wantling, Mike Channell, Robin Grimwood and Vince Caldicott up one place each and they were running fourth to ninth under the safety car.

Once Adam Hay Nicholls’ car had been recovered from the gravel at turn four, the green flags waved and Crawshaw had it all to do again. But by the end of lap five he was again comfortably in front, with a gap to Docker of 1.5 seconds.

Salkeld pushed hard in third and eventually crossed the line just 0.4 seconds behind second-place Docker. Behind them, a spin for Golding saw him drop to 10th in the final classification, so the positions from fourth down were filled by Alderslade, Wantling, Grimwood and Ian Duggan, with Channell and Caldicott dropping to eighth and ninth at the flag, ahead of Mark Sansom.

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Later on Saturday, Crawshaw completed his near-perfect season with a win in the final GRDC race of the weekend – and of the 2018 season. He crossed the line nearly 10 seconds ahead of his closest rival, but the battle for second was extremely close, with Salkeld and Docker door-to-door at times and eventually crossing the line in that order, just half a second apart.

That result meant Docker has finished on the podium every race this year – once in first, once in third and the rest in second.

Wantling finished fourth, having ended the first lap in second place but been in the thick of the action throughout the race. A spin for Morris dropped him down the order in the early laps, leaving fifth and sixth place to Alderslade and Golding at the flag after Grimwood also spun in the closing stages. Duggan, Channell, Caldicott and Sansom completed the top 10.