Newly-crowned champion Tom Ingram has matched Tom Sharp’s Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup record of eleven wins in a season with his fourth consecutive lights-to-flag success in Round 24.
The JHR Developments driver once again dominated proceedings at Silverstone, fending off an early challenge from Pepe Massot before driving away to crown his championship-winning weekend in perfect style.
In similar circumstances to the weekend’s opening race, a great start from Massot saw the Spaniard challenging the pole-sitter down the inside into Copse for the first time, however once again Ingram was able to close the door on him and maintain his advantage.
Massot looked like he could mount a challenge over the early stages, but Ingram soon stamped his authority on the race and proceeding to comfortably lead the remainder of the 24 lap encounter, crossing the finish line with a winning margin of 4.1 seconds.
Massot retained second throughout to make it a one-two finish for JHR, completing a sensational weekend for the team after they finished one-two-three in both qualifying and race one.
Rob Boston looked like he could complete another JHR treble after running third for the majority of the race, however a superb dummy move from Carl Breeze saw him grab third at Copse on lap eighteen, with Matt Nicoll-Jones following through to secure fourth.
Boston ended up fifth at the finish, while a race-long frenetic battle for sixth finally went the way of Sean Huyton. The newly-crowned G50 champion benefitted from late drama for Carl Boardley and Andrew Watson, Boardley receiving a five second penalty for exceeding the track limits that dropped him to seventh, Watson pitting on the final lap with mechanical problems.
Jamie Orton had run in the top six for a large portion of the race, however it all went awry for the Century Motorsport ace on lap ten. Battling with Boardley, Watson and Huyton, contact from Huyton at Luffield caused rear-end damage which sent him into the wall and out of the race.
WTCC star Alex MacDowall took a weekend’s best eighth on his debut guest appearance in the championship, with his TCR team-mate Mark Davies and Reece Somerfield rounding out the top ten ahead of Colin White and Fergus Walkinshaw.
In the G50 class, Louise Richardson completed her class double with a dominant lights-to-flag success. The Richardson Racing ace left in her wake a fierce battle for second, with one of the guest Norwegian racers Steffen Feet emerging ahead of Will Burns and Rob Gaffney, with his team-mate Andre Falkenhaug right in the podium battle before a late retirement.
Full race results can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/toca/2013/133903g50.pdf