Rory Smith took his second Avon Tyres BRSCC National FF1600 Championship victory of the day at Donington Park.
B-M Racing driver Smith made a good start from pole and, despite a late challenge from Kevin Mills Racing’s Michael Eastwell, spent most of the race alone at the front in his Medina JL18.
The pair crossed the line just 0.175 seconds apart after Eastwell’s late charge, while Eastwell’s team-mate Michael Moyers rounded out the podium in third, both KMR drivers in Spectrum 011Cs.
Moyers took the lead briefly on lap two, as Luke Cooper’s ambitious move on Smith down the Craner Curves didn’t work and Moyers was able to pass both of them.
However, Smith stamped his authority with a late dive down the inside at Redgate on the next tour, and Moyers had to leave room to avoid a collision. Later on, team-mate Eastwell found a way through and was able to chase down Smith.
Arguably the best battle of the race was for fourth, as Americans Carter Williams and Jake Craig – both driving Rays – were eventually joined in their scrap by Cooper’s Swift and a resurgent Joey Foster, who started at the back after his race one retirement.
Williams managed to hold fourth and led an all-California trio across the line, beating Team USA Scholarship winners Craig and Colin Mullan.
Cooper was seventh ahead of Nico Gruber and Thomas Cappezone, with Foster finishing 10th after spending the last few laps embroiled in that battle.
Foster’s race-one rival Matt Round-Garrido also started from the back of the grid after his retirement in the same incident, and got as high as 13th before retiring to the pits a few laps from home.
The reversed-grid final race of the weekend takes place tomorrow, with Cooper starting from pole.
Clubman Post-’89 champion Vincent Jay topped his class, with John Svensson just beating Sam Street to second. Richard Morris failed to start the race due to a mechanical issue he was struck by in race one.
|1||Pro||Rory Smith||Medina||12 laps|
|11||Pro||Sebastian Job||Van Diemen||+18.085|
|15||Pro||Pascal Monbaron||Van Diemen||+30.047|
|17||Post89||John Svensson||Van Diemen||+40.086|
|19||Pro||Fergus Paton||Van Diemen||+49.524|
|20||Pre90||Simon Fleet||Van Diemen||+52.164|
|21||Pro||Tommy Foster||Van Diemen||+53.359|
|22||Post89||Matt Payne||Van Diemen||+1 lap|
|Fastest lap: Eastwell, 1:15.122|
|1 Niall Murray 522 2 Eastwell 473 3 Round-Garrido 376 4 Foster 375 5 Cooper 343 6 Smith 291 7 Jamie Thorburn 274 8 Gruber 219 9 Neil Maclennan 193 10 Williams 187|
|1 Niall Murray 175 2 Eastwell 151 3 Moyers 143 4 Smith 141 5 Foster 134 6 Cooper 125 7 Round-Garrido 103 8 Jamie Thorburn 95 9 Hugo Bentley-Ellis 73 10 Williams 57|
|1 Jay 571 2 Morris 408 3 Svensson 162 4 Street 122 5 Daniel O’Beirne 106 6 Felix Fisher 104 7 John Ferguson 94 8 George McDonald 62 9 Henry Chart 53 10 Payne 44|