Tom Sharp Dominates Once Again In Donington
Submitted on April 21st 2012 17:04 by Nico Aaron Ugbaja.
Tom Sharp continued his one hundred percent domination of the Ginetta GT Supercup in 2012 with another dominant lights to flag victory in round five.
Going into Sunday’s race Andrew Richardson and Colin White both took new engines, as well as a new fuel pump for Louise Richardson. Issues for Josh Wakefield as the cars made their way to the grid left him out of the race during the green flag lap.
As the lights went out, Tom Sharp got another fantastic getaway, managing to pull out a 0.699 lead on Carl Breeze by the end of lap one, with Tom Ingram close behind in third place.
Andrew Richardson was forced to retire once again after suffering from front-end damage throughout the race. Colin White was immersed in a battle for position with Hunter Abbott by lap three, with the pair swapping places at almost every corner. Eventually Abbott makes a move stick and managed to bring his car home in fifth place, just ahead of White.
Ingram continued to pile the pressure on Breeze allowing Sharp to edge away a bit more every lap. Fergus Walkinshaw was unfortunate to incur a drive through penalty on lap six.
In the G50 class, the battle between Max Coates and Rob Gaffney was becoming more intense with Coates getting a run on Gaffney on the main straight at the start of lap seven but having to yield going into Redgate.
Contact between White and Abbott on lap eight resulted in Abbott falling down the order and rejoining just ahead of Coates, Davies and Louise Richardson, however only a lap later contact between Abbott and Richardson left her out of the race at the chicane and the safety car was deployed.
The racing resumed on lap fifthteen with Sharp, Breeze and Ingram occupying the top three. Sharp remained relatively unchallenged for the last three laps and comfortably took his fifth win of the season, Breeze and Ingram finished in second and third place respectively with White, Hoggarth and Coates rounding off the top six.
In the G50 class, Max Coates had another incredible drive, moving up the order from third on the grid to take Mark Davies by lap five before he found himself caught in a battle for the win with Rob Gaffney. Coates eventually gained the class lead four laps from the end and crossed the line for his second class win of the weekend. Gaffney and Davies finished in second and third in class respectively, Reece Somerfield finished in fourth with James Owen fifth and last in class.
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