Douglas Motorsport’s Will Burns secured the opening victory of the weekend at Brands Hatch, vital to keep his title hopes alive by taking the huge step forward. He converted his maiden pole position of the year into his third victory of the season. He had to work hard to take the win as Mark Davies snatched the lead early on before Burns took it back.
Mark Davies stormed his way around the outside of Jack Mitchell at Graham Hill bend on the first lap of the race. Davies began chasing the tail of Burns and pushed his way down the inside as they entered Paddock Hill Bend on lap two. As the race began to develop Burns was the one able to find the most grip. Davies suffered a few wide moments in the middle of the race. Burns grabbed the lead with a fantastic move into Paddock Hill Bend on the seventh lap of the race and began stamping his authority by building a one second lead by the end of the lap. From that point on Burns cruised to take the victory. Davies finished the race in second place with Jack Mitchell finishing in third.
Tom Wrigley had a difficult race after he was unable to make up as many places as he would have liked to. He managed to move up to seventh during the race. Burns gained nineteen points, closing the title fight up.
Carl Boardley finished the race in fourth ahead of Tom Hibbert in fifth and Callum Pointon in sixth ahead of Wrigley. Ben Green finished in eighth ahead of Jack Bartholomew in ninth. Rob Gaffney rounded out the top ten. Jamie Orton had a tough race after suffering a few wide moments early in the race, recovering to finish in eleventh ahead of Reece Somerfield.
Colin White fought through to take the AM class victory in the closing laps of the race, wrapping up the AM class championship with two races to spare. Chris Ingram finished the race second in class with Grahame Tilley rounding out the podium.
©Fay Tilley 5th October 2016.