Michael Eastwell took victory in the second Champion of Brands race of the weekend, after Race 1 winner Luke Cooper clashed with Rory Smith on the opening lap.
The incident occurred as the pair went wheel to wheel into the first corner with Smith trying to go around the outside. The pair touched wheels, with Smith sent into the barriers and Cooper sliding sideways into the gravel trap – bringing out the safety car.
Both drivers were uninjured, but made sporadic 2019 starter Eastwell’s job considerably easier out in front.
After several laps under caution, Eastwell was quickly able to pull away from Max Marzorati behind, and he remained unchallenged for the course of the race, eventually finishing 10 seconds clear of second place after 15 laps.
With it, he wins the prestigious Bert Ray Memorial Trophy for the second year in succession. It was presented by Ray’s daughter, Janine, on the podium.
The best scrap of the race was behind Eastwell as Davide Meloni finished second after a long-fought battle with Thomas Cappezzone and Max Marzorati. Meloni made his way past Marzorati on Lap 12, with a decisive move up the inside at Druids.
Marzorati, who made a great start to move up from sixth to second on the opening lap, had initially built up a gap Meloni behind before making an error into Surtees on the fifth lap, allowing Meloni to gain ground.
Cappezzone came back strong later in the race, joining the battle between Meloni and Marzorati when Meloni made a failed attempt to pass Marzorati on lap 9. Cappezzone eventually moved past Marzorati in the closing stages to take third place.
Adam Fathers enjoyed a second lonely race of the day to finish an unchallenged fifth, concluding a strong day of competition for the local driver.
Another fine scrap was between Richard Mendoza and Paul Mason, with Mendoza coming out ahead in sixth.
Mendoza took the victory in the new over 50s category for the top-placed driver over 50.
After failing to start the first race due to technical issues, neither Andrew Pryke or Mark Adkins started the second race either.
Race results: (15 laps)
|1||Michael Eastwell||Spectrum 011c||15:23.381|
|2||Davide Meloni||Van Diemen JL15||+10.052|
|3||Thomas Cappezzone||Swift Cooper SC16||+10.690|
|4||Max Marzorati||Van Diemen RF01||+11.439|
|5||Adam Fathers||Ray GR16||+16.037|
|6||Richard Mendoza||Mygale EM18||+25.322|
|7||Paul Mason||Swift SC94||+26.006|
|8||Shaun Macklin||Swift SC92F||+33.570|
|9||Ian Jeary||Dulon LD9||+40.307|
|10||John Whitbourn||Ray GR10/18K||+40.355|
|11||Innes Hickman||Van Diemen RF89||1 lap|
|12||Simon Pruce||Reynard 89FF||1 lap|
|13||Terry Durdin||Crossle 25s||1 lap|
|14||Ben Hadfield||Van Diemen RF78||1 lap|
|15||Luke Cooper||Swift Cooper SC16||Collision|
|16||Rory Smith||Medina JL18||Collision|
|17||Andrew Pryke||Van Diemen RF04||DNS|
|18||Mark Adkins||Jamun M92||DNS|
Fastest lap: Eastwell, 50.828s