Luke Cooper claimed his first Avon Tyres BRSCC National FF1600 victory since the opening round with a commanding lights-to-flag performance in a shortened final race at Donington Park.
The Swift Cooper driver started the partially reversed-grid race from pole and comfortably held top spot in a race which was red flagged with two minutes remaining.
Cliff Dempsey Racing-run Team USA Scholarship driver Jake Craig got the jump on fellow Scholarship winner Colin Mullan at the start to finish a close runner-up to Cooper at the flag.
Compatriot Carter Williams took the final spot on the podium for Don Hardman Racing, ahead of team-mate Joey Foster.
Heavy rain meant that the 22 drivers were given a second formation lap to acclimatise to the conditions following yesterday’s pair of dry encounters.
Cooper, with the advantage of having no spray in front of him, led easily from pole and kept the impressive Craig at arms length throughout the four-lap race.
After retiring from race one and managing a lowly 10th in the second race, Foster made up five places on the opening lap to run fifth in his Ray.
The FF1600 veteran then moved past the Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum of Michael Eastwell at the Old Hairpin for fourth shortly before the red flags came out, but was dropped from the official results after a spin at the Old Hairpin, which meant his car was not moving when the red flag came out. This promoted Michael Eastwell to fourth place.
Another to make good progress in the race was Team Dolan’s Matt Round-Garrido, who started from the back of the grid following two retirements on Saturday.
Round-Garrido finished 10th on the road but was demoted to 11th on countback from the red flag stoppage, only to be reinstated by Foster’s non-classification.
Double race-winner from Saturday Rory Smith started seventh and claimed yet more points with fifth, capping off his most successful National weekend to date.
Series returnee Michael Moyers finished sixth in his KMR Spectrum, ahead of Cliff Dempsey Racing’s Nico Gruber.
Max Marzorati and Jonathan Browne complete the top 10 ahead of Round-Garrido. Vincent Jay was the leading Clubman Post-’89 driver in 16th, driving a Ray GR10.
|1||Pro||Luke Cooper||Swift||4 laps|
|12||Pro||Sebastian Job||Van Diemen||+19.848|
|15||Pro||Tommy Foster||Van Diemen||+29.364|
|18||Pre90||Simon Fleet||Van Diemen||+41.623|
|19||Pro||Fergus Paton||Van Diemen||+1:09.134|
|DNF||Pro||Pascal Monbaron||Van Diemen|
|DNF||CM89||John Svensson||Van Diemen|
|Fastest lap: Cooper, 1:32.969|
|1 Niall Murray 522 2 Eastwell 465 3 Round-Garrido 378 4 Foster 371 5 Cooper 369 6 Smith 303 7 Jamie Thorburn 274 8 Gruber 228 9 Williams 205 10 Neil Maclennan 193|
|1 Niall Murray 175 2 Eastwell 173 3 Smith 161 4 Moyers 161 5 Cooper 159 6 Foster 136 7 Round-Garrido 111 8 Jamie Thorburn 95 9 Williams 81 10 Hugo Bentley-Ellis 73|
|1 Jay 599 2 Richard Morris 408 3 Svensson 164 4 Street 149 5 Daniel O’Beirne 106 6 Felix Fisher 104 7 John Ferguson 94 8 George McDonald 62 9 Henry Chart 53 10 Matt Payne 44|