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Golding Is G40 Champion As King Takes Two More Wins At Brands

5th August 2018 • Stephen Errity

Assetto Motorsport driver Tom Golding has made it two Ginetta championships from his first two seasons of car racing, taking the 2018 G40 Cup title a round early at Brands Hatch to follow up his 2017 GRDC series win.

Race two of the weekend at lunchtime saw guest entrant and Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup regular Harry King repeat his Saturday victory, coming home 7.5 seconds ahead of Golding. Behind those two, however, a close and enteraining battle for third raged all race between second-in-the-championship Rob Keogh (W2R), Alistair Barclay (SVG Motorsport), Tom Sibley (Xentek) and Jack Oliphant (W2R)

Keogh had finished lap one in second place, but Golding got back up to second next time around and pulled away. Behind Keogh, Barclay, Sibley and Oliphant were running fourth, fifth and sixth in the early stages.

Keogh came under big pressure from Barclay in the closing leaps, but held on for third in the end. Oliphant got ahead of Sibley to take fifth at Graham Hill Bend on lap seven, but a five-second penalty for track-limits violations meant he would be classified sixth in the final results.

SVG’s Dimitri Sedashev, Chairman’s Cup winner Shawn Fleming (SF Racing), Bill Forbes (Quattro Motorsport) and Mike West (Assetto Motorsport) completed the top 10 in the first of the day’s two races.

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The last of the weekend’s three races on Sunday evening saw the top eight finishers from race two start in reverse order, with Fleming on pole. He was down to fourth on lap three, however, as Sibley, Golding and King came to the fore. They fought a highly entertaining duel for the the lead for several laps, with King eventually crossing the line just under four seconds ahead of the newly crowned champion Golding in second, with Sibley completing the podium finishers.

Second place in the championship coming into the weekend, Keogh already had only a slim chance of keeping the fight going into the season finale at Donington, but his hopes were ended after contact early in the race saw him off the track at Surtees.

Elsewhere, Barclay and Oliphant ran well once again to come home fourth and fifth, while Fleming took home another Chairman’s Cup trophy as well as finishing sixth overall to round out a very strong weekend.