Rob Boston Racing’s Tom Wrigley fought his way through to take the win in the opening race of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup at Knockhill. This race was the rescheduled reverse grid race from Snetterton. Pole sitter Tom Hibbert and Will Burns came to blows during the race. At the start of the race Hibbert got a good start off pole position, he and Will Burns managed to break away from the chasing pack after the first few laps had been completed.
Carl Boardley led the chasing pack with Reece Somerfield chasing behind with Wrigley close behind and he had Mark Davies on his tail. Somerfield managed to move up into third at Scotsman on the next lap, the front two suffered some drama on lap five. Burns moved right onto Hibbert’s bumper over the start finish line and attempted to pass into Scotsman but there was contact between the two which saw them both spin around.
Somerfield took the lead with Carl Boardley and Tom Wrigley following. Both of the drivers involved in the incident managed to limp their damaged cars around to the pit lane. Burns eventually re-joined the race after having damage repaired. Somerfield’s lead did not last long as Boardley made a move on the exit of the Hairpin at the end of the lap to take the lead. Just a few laps later Somerfield had dropped down to fourth place. Wrigley went down the inside at the Hairpin and Davies followed through to take the final podium position.
Wrigley turned his attention to trying to take the lead of the race, he set the fastest lap of the race in his chase of the leader. On lap fourteen Wrigley got ahead as the two entered the first corner. He went on to break the tow and gained an advantage of 0.9 second to Boardley by the end of the twenty-three lap race. Wrigley took his sixth win of the season so far. He has made history this weekend in the championship by being the only driver to take a podium finish in every round of the first eleven races of a Supercup season.
Carl Boardley took second, this being his third podium of the season so far. He traded positions with Somerfield quite a few times during the race. Davies took third place to get his second podium of the year so far. Somerfield finished in fifth place after Ben Green drove amazingly to steal fourth at the finish after starting in thirteenth on the grid.
Colin White took the AM class victory and finished in sixth place overall. Chris Ingram came in second but 35 seconds behind White. Callum Pointon finished the opening race of the weekend in eighth place. David Brooks completed the AM podium and took ninth overall. Mike Newbould and Grahame Tilley completed the AM class finishers. Tilley suffered from first lap contact with Fraser Robertson which led to him retiring. Will Burns nursed his damaged car home in twelfth place.
©Fay Tilley 14th August 2016.