Douglas Motorsport’s Stuart Middleton dominated the second race of the weekend when he completed a lights to flag victory to extend his lead of the championship. Middleton got a good start off the line and starting from pole helped him to gain an advantage. His teammate Daniel Harper stayed close behind and showed himself in the mirrors of Middleton throughout the whole race. Harper managed to pass Seb Priaulx at the first corner to take second and then he and Middleton worked together to break away from the chasing pack. The main competition for Priaulx came from Lewis Brown who climbed up from starting eighth on the grid to fourth by the time the pack reached Clervaux for the first time of the race.
Harper kept Middleton on his toes and kept trying to pass the experienced racer but Middleton kept his cool and drove well to take the victory with Harper taking second. Priaulx was able to keep Brown at bay and close in on the front two drivers. The nose to tail racing didn’t allow many major overtakes to occur but Middleton lead every lap to take his fifth win so far this season. Priaulx completed the podium finishers behind Middleton and Harper. Although on this occasion Daniel Harper was the one who took top rookie honours.
Lewis Brown ran in fourth throughout the race, this being his best result since Donington Park back in April. The main action seen during the race was a six car group fighting for fifth place. Will Tregurtha was the main driver on the move through the pack, he battled through from starting tenth to finish in fifth place. Tom Gamble finished in sixth, which made it three HHC Motorsport drivers in a row. It was not easy going for the team as Charlie Fagg had contact with teammate Gamble on the final lap of the race. Fagg was running in fifth during the race until Tregurtha and Gamble passed at Clervaux, he fought back and had contact under braking at Tower which dropped him down to tenth.
JHR drivers Geri Nicosia and Kyle Hornby rounded out the top eight with Dave Wooder fighting up to ninth after starting twenty-first after an accident in race one forcing him into retirement with mechanical issues. Seb Perez was another driver to fight his way through the grid, after starting eighteenth he managed to climb to eleventh by the flag. In twelfth was Enzo Fittipaldi, although he finished twelfth overall he finished fourth in the rookie class. Thirteenth place was taken by Elite Motorsport’s Tom Wood, TCR’s Connor Grady in fourteenth and teammate Max Bird in fifteenth. JHR’s Olli Caldwell was next across the line in sixteenth followed by TCR’s Jordan Collard and fellow JHR racer Dhyllan Skiba. Rounding out the competitors were Elite Motorsport’s Harry King in nineteenth, JHR’s Cameron Roberts in twentieth and Rob Boston Racing’s Greg Johnson in twenty-first.
©Fay Tilley 19th June 2016.