Ross Martin extended his BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 points lead with victory in the third race on Brands Hatch’s Indy layout.
The championship leader had a comfortable lead at the front of the field after moving past reversed grid poleman Aaron Jeansonne, but two late safety cars turned the race into a three minute sprint to the flag.
Martin was forced to defend his position against a train of cars, consisting of his title rivals Neil Maclennan, James Clarke and Spike Kohlbecker.
Clarke spent most of the race running second and had been slowly closing the two second gap to Martin when the first safety car was brought out after Max Marzorati clipped a barrier and was left stranded at the side of the track.
He stayed with Martin on the restart and was beginning to challenge for the lead when Nicole Woods brought out the safety car again within a lap of the track going green.
On the second restart, the top two were joined by Maclennan and Kohlbecker. Clarke switched between attacking and defending and dropped away from Martin slightly. Both Maclennan and Kohlbecker passed Clarke, but he fought back to retake third behind MacLennon on the final lap.
Rory Smith, Jonathan Browne, and Jamie Sharp were in the train behind the leaders in the closing stages of the race, finishing fifth, sixth, and seventh respectively.
Jamie Thorburn took eighth, ahead of Clubman class winner and runner-up Adam Quartermaine and Jason Down. Quartermaine, team-mate to Martin at Team Dolan, is now in the lead of the Clubman standings.
|1||Pro||Ross Martin||Van Diemen||19 laps|
|7||Pro||Jamie Sharp||Van Diemen||+1.647|
|9||CM||Adam Quartermaine||Van Diemen||+7.300|
|10||CM||Jason Down||Getem Mygale||+7.378|
|11||Pro||Aaron Jeansonne||Van Diemen||+10.237|
|DNF||CM||Henry Chart||Van Diemen|
|DNF||Pro||Nicole Woods||Van Diemen|
|DNF||CM||Max Marzorati||Van Diemen|
|DNF||Pro||Morgan Quinn||Van Diemen|
|Fastest lap: Martin, 51.060|
|Pro 1 Martin 373 2 Kohlbecker 344 3 Maclennan 343 4 Clarke 277 5 Smith 241 6 Browne 217 7 Sharp 178 8 Jeansonne 126 9 Quinn 125 10 Macpherson 124
Clubman 1 Quartermaine 296 2 John Svensson 285 3 Marzorati 234 4 Pascal Monbaron 143 5 Down 81 6 Nigel Dolan 61 7 Chart 56 8 Sam Street 40 9 Klaus-Dieter Haeckel 40