Triple M Motorsport’s Jamie Orton secured his sixth win of the season during the opening encounter at Silverstone. Orton led the race from start to finish to continue his form in the championship. He made it five wins during the last six races he has competed in. Carl Boardley started the race from pole position but Orton got the better start which saw him fire into the lead straight away.
Boardley came into trouble at the next corner when trying to enter the Maggots/Becketts complete three wide with Tom Wrigley and Callum Pointon. The pole sitter came off worst with an off track excursion dropping him down to seventeenth. Pointon emerged in second ahead of Wrigley. By the end of the third lap Wrigley had moved himself up into second and set about closing the one second lead Orton had built up. The latter kept the championship leader at bay for the remainder of the race to take the win with Wrigley taking second, this being his fourteenth podium finish of the season.
Callum Pointon held on to finish third to take his maiden podium in the championship. There was a closely fought battle for fourth between Mark Davies, Will Burns and Ben Green. Green pushed up into fourth on the opening tour of the race but Davies took it from him on lap ten after swapping places with Will Burns multiple times during the opening stage of the race. Davies was handed a five second penalty for exceeding track limits too many times. It was soon about to get a lot worse for Green as contact between the two put them both into retirement. The retirements allowed Tom Hibbert and the recovering Carl Boardley to move into the top six finishers. A superb drive from Hibbert saw him climb through to fifth from nineteenth on the grid, unfortunately his efforts were not to be rewarded as his wheel nuts sheared off leading to one of his wheels coming off with a couple of laps remaining. Will Burns took fourth meaning the championship fight will now go down to the wire and be decided at Brands Hatch. Boardley finished the race in fifth with Rob Gaffney finishing in sixth.
Colin White took another win in the AM class and seventh overall with pro drivers Reece Somerfield and Ollie Chadwick finishing in eighth and ninth to round out the pro finishers. Chris Ingram and David Brooks took the final spots on the AM class podium. Championship debutant Jack Mitchell was unable to take to the start of the race due to an alternator belt failure.
After the race Tom Wrigley was awarded a time penalty for his part in some contact that occurred early on in the race, this demoting him to third place with Pointon being promoted to second on his maiden podium in the championship.
©Fay Tilley 18th September 2016.