Rob Boston Racing’s Tom Wrigley made his 24th birthday one to remember by winning the opening two races in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup after getting pole.  Wrigley extended his championship lead to over 100 points. Wrigley got a good start off the line to lead the pack into the first complex of corners which was crucial as chaos occurred behind. Tom Hibbert, Reece Somerfield and Carl Boardley all headed into Scotsman side by side with contact sending Somerfield and Boardley into the gravel trap. Both cars were left stranded, this brought out the safety car to allow them to be recovered.

The race resumed on lap six with Wrigley still leading from Will Burns. Whenever Burns began eating into Wrigley’s lead the latter would hit back and get a bigger advantage. Wrigley took his eighth win of the season so far with an advantage of eight tenths of a second. Burns bounced back well after his disastrous race one, this being his eighth podium of the season. The fight for third was fought closely between Ben Green and Tom Hibbert. The latter held third for the majority of the race ahead of Green and Mark Davies. Green fought and passed Hibbert to take third on lap fourteen, Davies also managed to pass Hibbert to take fourth place at the first corner. Green looked to be about to take his second podium finish during this season so far but Davies put him under a crazy amount of pressure in the last few laps of the race. Davies made a move around the outside of Green at the last corner. Davies got a good exit from the corner, he and Green had a drag race to the line with the former Ginetta champion taking third by two hundredths of a second.

Tom Hibbert finished the race in fifth place ahead of TCR’s Callum Pointon. Colin White dominated the AM class once again to take the class victory but seventh overall. This was White’s eleventh win in twelve races. Chris Ingram took second in the AM class and Grahame Tilley rounded out the AM class podium. David Brooks and Fraser Robertson came home in eighth and ninth. Robertson had to recover from a spin at Clark early on in the session.

Mike Newbold was not classified in the results after he dropped to being five laps down after having contact early in the race. Only eleven cars made it to the chequered flag after losing Carl Boardley and Reece Somerfield early on.

 

©Fay Tilley 15th August 2016.

 

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