Triple M Motorsport’s Jamie Orton stormed to victory in race two at Silverstone, he emerged from a five car battle at the front to make it two victories in a row. The pole man lost his advantage through Copse on the first lap to TCR’s Callum Pointon, this is what started an entertaining fight at the front of the grid for the duration of the race. Halfway around the first lap championship leader Tom Wrigley had made his way up from fourth to second in his Rob Boston Racing run Ginetta. The talented racer lost momentum at Luffield which dropped him to fifth. Orton regained second ahead of Douglas Motorsport’s Will Burns. Meanwhile Carl Boardley held on to third briefly before Wrigley fought his way past to take fourth on lap three. Wrigley’s focus turned to championship rival Will Burns. They went on to run side by side multiple times over the next few laps which allowed Boardley to pull off a risky move around both of them on the outside at Copse.
Next time around it was championship leader Wrigley who was able to make a move on rival Burns stick at Copse to take fourth. Ahead there was a change for the lead of the race as Orton’s pressure on Pointon finally paid off. A strong run out of Becketts was key for Orton to be able to make the move stick around the outside at Brooklands. He held on to the lead of the race until the flag to take the win. Boardley made his way past Pointon on lap fourteen with another move around Copse. Boardley immediately pulled clear. Wrigley was next to challenge Pointon, he attempted a few times at Copse but was unsuccessful and allowed Burns to close in on them. Burns picked his move expertly, he cut back at the exit of Copse on the sixteenth lap of the race to bypass both Pointon and Wrigley to grab third.
Boardley was ahead in second, setting the fastest lap of the race as he chased down Orton. Boardley took second at the flag with Burns completing the podium. A late move from Wrigley meant he finished in fourth behind title rival Burns at the expense of Pointon, who settled for fifth after one of the best drives of his season so far. Completing the top six finishers was Pointon’s TCR stablemate Mark Davies, who fought his way through the field from starting in eighteenth.
Rob Gaffney and Tom Hibbert finished in seventh and eighth. The latter had to survive a grassy off track excursion off the start and he was also handed a track limits time penalty to climb up the field from seventeenth. Series debutant Jack Mitchell and series regular Ben Green rounded out the top ten. Green was set for a higher finish before being on the end of contact with Ollie Chadwick lost him time and put the latter into retirement.
Colin White also suffered early mechanical issues during the race. White’s problems opened the door for fellow AM class driver Fraser Robertson to take his first AM class victory of the year ahead of Chris Ingram and Grahame Tilley.
©Fay Tilley 18th September 2016.