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Ladell And Boardley Take Sunday SuperCup Wins At Silverstone

16th September 2018 • Stephen Errity

Charlie Ladell (Rob Boston Racing) and Carl Boardley shared the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup spoils at Silverstone on Sunday, taking a win apiece in front of the BTCC crowds

Sunday morning saw the second race of the weekend and the second win for Ladell. At the start, second-place qualifier Harry King (Elite Motorsport) got the jump on the eventual winner, and initially looked like he’d run away with it, but Ladell reeled him back in and was only three tenths behind at the end of lap three.

Ladell’s Rob Boston Racing team-mate Tom Roche wanted some of the action, too, however, and managed to get ahead of Ladell for second on lap five. The trio then had a fantastic multi-lap scrap for the lead that Roche unfortunately had to bow out of early due to an apparent mechanical issue.

Shortly after Roche’s retirement, the safety car had to be deployed when the #98 Am class car of Lee Frost (Butler Motorsport) shed its bonnet and airbox on the start-finish straight, necessitating removal by  the marshals. The race distance was extended to 25 laps and the safety-car came in at the end of lap 20, leaving a four-lap sprint to the flag.

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Ladell, King and Century Motorsport’s Angus Fender were running first, second and third when the green flags flew, but while Ladell and King would have a relatively untroubled run to the line, Fender came under attack from a determined Carl Boardley in the closing laps, with the latter driver just managing to nip ahead and claim the final podium position on the last lap.

However, the stewards examined earlier contact between the pair during the race and subsequently applied a penalty to Boardley’s race time, dropping him behind Fender and promoting the latter on to the podium in the final classification. Behind Boardley and Fender, Reece Somerfield drove a fast and clean race to come home fifth ahead of AK Automotive’s Carl Shield.

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Next up was the Am class winner Michael Crees (Century Motorsport), like Ladell scoring his second win of the weekend. Jack Minshaw (Hart GT) was second in Am, ahead of Pro class entrant Andy Gordon-Colebrooke (Century Motorsport), who’d run strongly in the early laps but dropped back following a spin on lap two.

CWS 4x4 Spares’ Colin White completed the Am class podium in 10th overall, ahead of Lucky Khera (Butler Motorsport), Hart GT team-mates Nick Zapolski and Alex Taylor, and Rob Boston Racing’s David Brooks.

Podium Race3 Fender Boardley Ladell

Sunday evening’s race three saw Boardley top the podium, having started from pole position courtesy of the race-two reverse-grid draw. Boardley got a good start, but second-place starter Fender found himself in third at the end of the first lap after King got the jump on him when the lights went out.

Race one and two winner Ladell was running fourth in the early stages, ahead of Somerfield in fifth, but a spin on lap two saw sixth-place runner Shield drop to the back of the pack. That elevated Roche to sixth, but after mechanical trouble had cut short a strong performance for the Rob Boston Racing driver in race two, Roche was again hit with bad luck in this race, as his car received the black-and-orange flag due to an oil leak.

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Up front, Boardley, King and Ladell circulated in first, second and third until lap 12, when Ladell got ahead of King. There were further position changes next time around when King ceded third to a recovering Fender. The top three remained unchanged until the chequered flag.

Fourth-place King lead home Constable and Gordon-Colebrooke in fifth and sixth and behind them came Crees, who caught and passed Am class polesitter Khera to complete a clean sweep of three class victories this weekend. Khera was also passed by Minshaw before the flag, but held on to clinch a podium finish. Somerfield, meanwhile, ended up in 10th overall after a spin on lap 19.