Ollie Chadwick took the win in the second race of the weekend at Silverstone in awful conditions when the rain hit the circuit. He took a comfortable win after he managed to take the lead of the race on the opening lap and then began opening up a gap back to the rest of the field. After winning race one Jonathan Hadfield started from pole once again, it didn’t last very long as Matt Flowers made the best start from the front row after starting from second. Flowers took the lead but then went on to spin at the first corner in the awful conditions. Flowers had a disastrous race, he dropped right down the order but only managed to recover to ninth by the time the flag came out.

It seemed to be a curse to be leading the race as Jonathan Hadfield was next in the lead after Flowers’ accident. Hadfield was unable to brake as he entered Maggots, having to cut the corner which let Chadwick go through to take the lead. Ryan Hadfield moved up into second and Jonathan Hadfield slotted into third and followed his brother round.

Meanwhile in the GRDC+ class Richard Evans was able to maintain the lead from Campbell-Smith. Antonio managed to hold up the field in the pro class.

Back at the front of the racing pack the Hadfield brothers began battling after the top three had broken away from the chasing pack headed by Ian Robinson. Unfortunately for Robinson he was unable to hold the position and eventually dropped to fifth as Chapman stormed past and also set the fastest lap at the same time. Robinson then had even more bad luck after he spun and dropped back down the order. Chapman soon moved up into third after Jonathan Hadfield spun at the exit of Copse. The R&J Motorsport driver recovered by was chasing the TCR driver for the podium spot.

Ollie Chadwick managed to maintain quite a lead from second placed Ryan Hadfield as the duo weaved between the GRDC+ drivers. Ryan Hadfield continued to struggle to pass the slower GRDC+ cars and lost the chance at a podium after Chapman and brother Jonny flew past. The two ran side by side into Stowe with Chapman fighting his hardest to maintain the momentum. Unfortunately for Chapman, Jonathan Hadfield held the position of second due to having more grip in the late stages of the race.

Chadwick crossed the line to take the win four seconds clear of Jonathan Hadfield in second place with Chapman following him home in third. Ryan Hadfield crossed the line in fourth. Quite a big gap opened up between the rest of the competitors due to them being unable to compete in the wet conditions. Jac Constable eventually crossed the line to take fifth with Glen Broster in sixth and also taking the Am class win.

Despite the awful driving conditions there were only four people who retired from the race.

 

©Fay Tilley 12th June 2016.

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