Oliver White retained his Champion of Brands crown with victory in the second FF1600 race of the day at Brands Hatch, this time beating Luke Cooper after a race-long duel.
It was White’s second win of the day after holding Cooper off in the first Champions of Brands race.
White started from pole following his seventh career Champion of Brands win in the opening race of the day. He defended his lead from fellow front row starter Cooper.
The Cooper Swift driver was a constant presence in the mirrors of White’s Medina Sport. He attempted to edge around the outside of White at Paddock Hill Bend on several occasions, but he was unable to make the move.
The pair ran side-by-side into Druids later in the race, but with the inside line White was able to retain the lead.
Cooper lost 1.5 seconds in the closing laps after being wrong-footed by the lapped Mark Adkins at Clearways.
White was able to clear the traffic with relative ease and was able to hold this newly created margin to Cooper until the chequered flag.
White will now remain crowned as the Champion of Brands until the next event, scheduled for August 25 where he will have the opportunity to defend his crown again.
Cooper’s second place matched his race one result. He entered the weekend following a double-DNF in the last Avon Tyres National FF1600 Championship event at Brands and was using the Champion of Brands weekend as a means to help prepare the car for the next round of the series.
The battle for third was dramatically altered when race one polesitter Michael Eastwell and Nico Gruber inter-locked wheels at Paddock Hill Bend.
Eastwell was stranded in the gravel with a suspected broken suspension after a heavy landing. Gruber continued but had dropped to 15th before recovering to seventh place.
That left Jonathan Browne, Henry Chart and Jason Down to battle for third. Browne was able to pull away from the fight, eventually taking a comfortable third by nearly five seconds from Chart.
Chart fired his Van Diemen off the line to pick up two places. One of the cars he demoted was Down, who ended up finishing directly behind Chart in fifth place.
Down traded places with Adam Quartermaine throughout much of the second half of the race. However, Quartermaine’s Van Diemen suffered a mechanical issue on the final lap of the race. He crawled over the line having lost two positions in eight.
Historic class leader James Hadfield was one of the beneficiaries in sixth place, as was Gruber.
Flash Finneran and Ian Jeary rounded out the top 10, with Jeary finishing second in the historic class.
|1||Oliver White||Medina Sport JL17||15m28.832|
|4||Henry Chart||Van Diemen||+16.622|
|5||Jason Down||Getem Mygale||+16.906|
|6||James Hadfield||Van Diemen||+20.670|
|8||Adam Quartermaine||Van Diemen||+30.838|
|9||Flash Finneran||Van Diemen||+30.864|