David McArthur took a pair of wins in his Van Diemen LA10 at Mallory Park while Alaric Gordon extended his BRSCC Northern FF1600 championship lead.
B-M Racing man McArthur took pole ahead of the similar Van Diemen RF99 of Adam Quartermaine, who he led from in race one.
Quartermaine, using an engineer who had previously worked with Mark Webber and Kimi Raikkonen, momentarily snatched the lead from McArthur by slipstreaming him on the Kirkby Straight and taking the inside into Gerard’s Bend. He was repassed on corner exit, though.
A safety car, for Edwin Hannah and Neil Hunt both going off at the John Cooper Esses, put a temporary halt to the action. When the racing resumed, Quartermaine was unable to find a way past and followed McArthur home at a margin of 0.6 seconds.
McArthur cruised to an easy race two victory, setting a series of fastest laps to win by 14s over Quartermaine. That moved him up to third in the championship ahead of the again absent Rory Smith.
Gordon, who took the Post89 series lead away from Smith at Anglesey, escaped a crash in qualifying at the Devil’s Elbow corner, in which he hit the barriers, with only a broken mirror. He went on to extend his points advantage by finishing in fourth in race one and scoring a podium in race two.
He took his Swift SC97 past Nigel Dolan, who took the final place on the race one podium, on the inside of the Esses to create a gap of 34 points in the standings over Dolan with his race two result.
George McDonald claimed a pair of fifth places, narrowly missing out on fourth in race one as Gordon denied him by 0.044s.
‘Juiceie Bruceie’ moved to within one point of Mario Sarchet’s Pre90 championship lead with the class pole, two wins and two fastest laps in his Reynard 84FF. In both races he beat Scott Rawlinson, who now sits third in the class championship ahead of Jack Wolfenden.
Steve Nixon scored two Pre90 podiums, beating Ian Fernihough on both occasions.
Lorna Vickers bent her right-rear suspension during an off in practice and was unable to source a replacement part before the first race. She managed to get her Van Diemen RF90 fixed before the second race, but crashed with nine laps to go and did damage to the front-right suspension and nose.
Written by Chris Stevens
|1||Post89||David McArthur||Van Diemen||18 laps|
|2||Post89||Adam Quartermaine||Van Diemen||+0.681|
|3||Post89||Nigel Dolan||Van Diemen||+1.813|
|5||Post89||George McDonald||Van Diemen||+4.398|
|8||Pre90||Scott Rawlinson||Van Diemen||+13.473|
|9||Pre90||Steve Nixon||Van Diemen||+15.187|
|10||Pre90||Ian Fernihough||Van Diemen||+15.565|
|Pole: McArthur, 49.449 Fastest lap: McArthur, 49.671|
|1||Post89||McArthur||Van Diemen||24 laps|
|8||Post89||Matt Payne||Van Diemen||+50.396|
|9||Pre90||Nixon||Van Diemen||+1 lap|
|10||Pre90||Fernihough||Van Diemen||+1 lap|
|FL: McArthur, 49.547|
|1 Gordon 213 2 Dolan 179 3 D McArthur 171 4 Rory Smith 166 5 Andrew Thomas 96 6 Matthew Chisholm 82 7 Michael Eastwell 72 8 Tom McArthur 66 9 Fergus Paton 57 10 Byrne 55|
|1 Sarchet 256 2 Bruceie 255 3 Rawlinson 213 4 Jack Wolfenden 201 5 Brian Young 140 6 Jaap Blijleven 126 7 Nixon 111 8 Wayne Poole 91 9 Hannah 90 10 Ian Ellis 72|