Tom Sharp makes it two at Brands
Submitted on April 2nd 2012 16:05 by Nico Aaron Ugbaja.
Tom Sharp took the field back to school with a dominant performance to make it two wins from the first two races of this year’s Ginetta GT Supercup championship.
After winning race one, the confidence shone from Sharp as he made a perfect getaway to hold the lead, there was contact behind with Tom Ingram and Josh Wakefield coming together forcing Wakefield to retire half a lap later with a front suspension failure.
At the end of lap one Sharp was leading from Carl Breeze, Tom Ingram, Fergus Walkinshaw and Andrew Richardson.
On lap six the safety car was deployed for incidents involving Ingram, Andrew Richardson and Marcus Hogarth who all ended up in the gravel trap at different parts of the circuit.
The race was restarted on lap twelve, with Sharp edging out a big lead over the rest of the pack, Walkinshaw pulled off a brilliant move on Breeze going round the outside on Paddock Hill Bend to move up into second place. Breeze was coming under increasing pressure from the rest of the field, being overtaken by Colin White & Hunter Abbott in the early stages of the lap.
In the latter stages of the race the battle for second, third and fourth was hotting up, with White, Walkinshaw and Abbott all in close company with eight tenths of a second splitting the three drivers.
Two laps later a mistake from Abbott into the apex of Graham Hill Bend, allowed Jamie Orton to pass through, dropping Abbott down to fifth.
Reece Somerfield was another casualty of the gravel trap two laps from the end, ending a fantastic race where he was challenging for the lead of the G50 class with Max Coates and Parsons.
As the chequered flag dropped, it was another win for Tom Sharp, Colin White and Fergus Walkinshaw finished in second and third place respectively, with Orton, Abbott and Max Coates rounding off the top six.
The G50 Battle was won by Max Coates, who superbly soaked up the pressure from Ian Parsons in the latter stages of the race, Rob Gaffney completed the G50 Podium and Mark Davies finished fourth.
For full race classification click here.
For full championship standings click here.
Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey (http://www.jakobebrey.com)