Chadwick the master of all conditions in GT5 challenge


Ollie Chadwick must have done a rain dance before the flag dropped at the final Ginetta GT5 Challenge race of the weekend as he claimed victory at Snetterton.

It was James Kellett who started on pole, thanks to his victory in race two, and going into Riches he kept his nose ahead with Callum Pointon – who started third – sneaking up the inside of Chadwick to be second as they reached the Montreal Hairpin.

That second place only lasted a lap for Pointon, so hopefully he savoured it, as Chadwick used all of the kerb possible to sneak past the TCR driver and back into his second place with only one objective: chase down Kellett.

It was at this point that the rain, which had been spitting for a time, became heavier and made the track uncomfortably slick for many of the field with quite a few spinning right round while trying to explore just how much grip they had.

However, one man who knew exactly what he could do in the damp was Chadwick and he wound in Kellett at a rate of knots eventually passing him at Chadwick’s favoured place – Montreal Hairpin.

From there, he couldn’t really pull away as Kellett was determined to make a move back into the lead of the race. He couldn’t make that happen, but Chadwick was run close with only a tenth or two separating the two at the end of lap eight.

That gap appeared after Kellett dived down the outside on the way into Murrays and Chadwick tapped him wide and onto the grass.

In third place was Callum Pointon who, after being demoted to third, wasn’t troubled by the cars behind and will feel happy with a podium finish and more points.

Matt Palmer would finish a solid fourth place after Luca Hirst couldn’t quite make a last lap lunge from fifth with Nick Zapolski scoring sixth.