BRSCC National

Cooper keeps his nose clean to win stunning second race

Luke Cooper took a surprise win in the second BRSCC National FF1600 race at Silverstone, in which the top nine cars were covered by just 1.4 seconds.

Cooper started the race from sixth in his Swift SC16, and hounded the lead battle until half distance, when poleman Joey Foster dropped to fourth and the front group of cars closed up.

Erstwhile leader Michael Moyers lost ground at Brooklands, dropping him to fourth, while Josh Fisher fell back after damaging a trackrod following contact with Niall Murray. This allowed Cooper into second behind Murray.

The Irish Team Dolan driver fought Cooper hard, and the pair even made contact on the pit straight when Cooper looked for a move on the inside. He eventually got through on the penultimate lap, and put enough distance between himself and Murray that he was safe from attack for the last lap of the race.

Kevin Mills Racing driver Moyers recovered from a mistake at Copse, which dropped him to the back of the lead group of cars, to take the final podium spot.

Murray’s team-mate Matt Round-Garrido rose from 10th on the grid to fourth, taking the place with a last lap move on race one winner Foster.

B-M Racing’s Rory Smith went one better than he did in the first race, taking sixth place, just 0.981 seconds behind the winner. Jack Wolfenden, Stuart Gough and Michael Eastwell rounded out the lead group of cars.

Ninth and 10th were split by 14 seconds, with Cliff Dempsey Racing’s rookie Nico Gruber beating team-mate Jamie Thorburn – who suffered fuel pickup issues from the third lap –  and Graham Bunton Racing’s Sebastian Melrose.

John Ferguson took a comfortable win in the Clubman Post89 class in his Spectrum, although it looked like it would be a John Svensson double until a mechanical issue led to him stopping his car in the pit lane entrance.

Oldfield Motorsport pairing James Scott-Murphy and Josh Smith both endured frustrating races. A detached plug lead sidelined Scott-Murphy while Smith barely got going with a potential carburettor problem early in the race.


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