Westbourne Motorsport’s Sam Randon secured his second win of the season so far in the Michelin Clio Cup Series during a closely fought second race of the weekend. Randon defended from Brett Lidsey to secure the win. Randon and James Dorlin had broken away from the pack but the latter got hit with electrical issues which saw him drop down the order. Brett Lidsey took second place after Dorlin dropped back. Luckily the track was somewhat dry for the competitors during race two. Dorlin started from pole but second placed Randon got the best launch off the line to take the lead as they headed into Paddock Hill for the first time. Tom Barley started in third but dropped down to fifth during the first lap. Both Brett Lidsey and Ben Palmer managed to pass Barley on the opening tour of the race. Palmer put Lidsey under pressure early in the race before eventually pulling clear.
The front two were battling close but fairly which allowed Brett Lidsey to close in on them but just as spectators were looking forward to seeing a three car scrap for the win Dorlin pulled off circuit before re-joining again, the issued turned out to be an electrical issue that meant he had to turn the car off and restart it. The Westbourne Motorsport driver dropped back to ninth place. Lidsey had to slow down to pass Dorlin’s car which allowed Sam Randon to open up a two second lead over the duration of the race. Lidsey began eating into the gap Randon had opened which saw him get close enough to fight for the lead during the final lap of the race. Randon defended well and prevented Lidsey from taking the lead of the race into Paddock Hill and Graham Hill bend. Randon crossed the line to take the lead followed closely by Lidsey in second. Ben Palmer was next across the line to take third after keeping fourth placed Luke Pinder at bay. Pinder had passed Tom Barley on lap nine to take the fourth place. Ben Colburn finished in sixth followed by Tyler Lidsey in seventh and Dan Kirby in eighth place. If the race had been a few laps longer then James Dorlin would have been back in the mix and able to gain some positions but he had to settle for ninth and the fastest lap of the race.
Meanwhile in the Road class of the race it was once again Nic Harrison who was able to complete a lights to flag victory to take a clean sweep around the Kent based circuit. Second place was once again taken by Jade Developments driver Jack Fabby. In the beginning of the race it was Sarah Franklin who occupied third place but she had a wide moment which saw her go through the gravel trap at Paddock Hill which allowed Damian Hirst to go past and claim third place, his maiden podium in the series during his debut weekend. All weekend Hirst had been suffering with gearbox issues but battled against them to take third in class.
©Fay Tilley 26th June 2016.