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Progression Race: Josh Fisher eases to victory as Last Chance places sealed

Josh Fisher progressed to the Walter Hayes Trophy Last Chance race with victory in a damp Progression race, but it wasn’t without drama.

Wayne Poole Racing driver Fisher started on the seventh row of the grid, but was up to third by the end of the first lap.

Poleman Flashman Finneran bogged down at the start, but maintained his lead after fellow front-row starter Graham Woodin also made a mistake on the opening tour.

Finneran only kept the lead for a lap, as Fisher swept past at Copse and was shortly followed by B-M Racing rookie Sebastian Job.

The lead pair remained close for the rest of the race, trading fastest laps as they pulled away from Finneran. On the last lap Job looked to take the lead on the inside of Brooklands, but ended up making contact with Fisher and shearing off the leader’s right sidepod.

Both managed to keep their positions and will occupy the 13th row of the Last Chance grid ahead of the semi-finals.

“Conditions were tricky, it was never fully dry,” said Fisher, who had mechanical issues in qualifying and then finished his heat at the back due to a self-induced spin.

“I was kind of taking it easy. I wasn’t really pushing” said Job, having taken his first ever car racing podium.

“I gave Josh [Fisher] room and he ran a bit wide,” he said of the last lap contact.

Finneran finished a lonely third, with Rick Morris also having a quiet run to fourth.

Pascal Monbaron and Ross Howe had also occupied that position but found themselves moving up and down the order and ended up in fifth and seventh, sandwiching Chris Hodgen.

Tom Brown finished an impressive eighth having been a late addition to the grid, with Thomas Johansson and Liam McShane completing the top 10.

McShane started third was running second at the end of the first lap, but fell down the order with two laps to go.

Woodin won the frantic battle for 11th, with Georges Tomsen taking the final spot for the Last Chance race just behind. Patrick Sauzedde led those who missed out, most of them dropping back on the final lap once their hopes of progression were dashed.

Race results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Josh Fisher Van Diemen 10 laps
2 Sebastian Job Van Diemen +3.309
3 Flashman Finneran Van Diemen +8.712
4 Rick Morris Royale +10.540
5 Pascal Monbaron Ray +13.948
6 Chris Hodgen Van Diemen +15.238
7 Ross Howe Ray +22.066
8 C Tom Brown Van Diemen +24.001
9 C Thomas Johansson Van Diemen +28.290
10 H Liam McShane Van Diemen +28.737
11 C Graham Woodin Crossle +43.788
12 C Georges Tomsen Reynard +44.491
13 C Patrick Sauzedde Swift +50.368
14 H Damian George Ditchfield Van Diemen +51.102
15 C Claire Greig Van Diemen +51.875
DNF C David Billington Van Diemen
DNF Hayde Hardyman Ray
Fastest lap: Job, 1:05.020

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