After an intense race two at Brands Hatch, it was Sennan Fielding who came out on top after benefiting the most in a rain affected second MSA Formula race in which the lead changed hands a number of times and a red flag interrupted proceedings.
Fielding was a constant challenger throughout the race, as he almost never slipped outside of the top four, despite the never ending changes for position.
The race started with clouds in the sky as the reverse grid saw Zane Goddard start on pole. Though the start did not go as he planned as the second row made a blistering get away, with Rafa Martins taking the lead from an insistent Jamie Caroline.
There were incidents behind as the rain started to arrive, but it was Caroline who was adopting the best, making a lunge on Martins into Paddock Hill bend. After the usual banging of wheels, it was Jamie who lost out, dropping to fourth. This eventually left Martins and Fielding to break away, even briefly going side by side as the safety car was deployed for Frank Bird‘s beached Fortec car.
The rain continued to dampen the track and under the safety car, the MSA machines lost heat in their tyres. The restart proved this as many were unsure on how much to push, Caroline quickly found out as he failed to make the most of an opportunity to get ahead of third placed Luis Leeds.
The race was unsurprisingly red flagged as the teams all put on wet tyres. Martins, who had run into the gravel, would take pole for the restart in front of Fielding, but further down the order, the Carlin’s were preparing for a strong fight. After keeping out of trouble, James Pull was in a respectable sixth behind Goddard, but an outstanding start saw him leap up to third by Paddock Hill.
Despite his race long effort, Martins was unable to hold on to his lead as the quick starting Caroline, then Pull broke away ahead of him. Fielding would eventually find a way through as Caroline started to struggle.
The Ginetta Junior Champion was determined to keep the inside line as Pull tried everything to take the lead around the outside. With two laps to go, virtual chaos ensued as Pull’s attempted move to take the lead saw him drop to third with Fielding taking the advantage to go into the lead ahead of Caroline, who’d now lost part of his front wing.
He wasn’t the only one to have lost bodywork though. Goddard had benefitted from the mayhem to take fourth, but a lack of rear wing held him up in the final lap allowing the front three to battle amongst themselves.
Fielding took the chequered flag in front of the damaged Caroline and Pull. Goddard limped home to finish fourth with the struggling Martins taking fifth from Max Fewtrell. Meanwhile Alex Quinn finished as top rookie in seventh.
Brands Hatch Race 2 Results
|1||3||Sennan Fielding||GBR||JHR Developments|
|2||38||Jamie Caroline||GBR||Jamun Racing||+0.566|
|4||93||Zane Goddard||AUS||Double R Racing||+3.762|
|5||21||Rafa Martins||BRA||TRS Arden||+4.169|
|7||7||Alex Quinn||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||+4.573|
|8||23||Billy Monger||GBR||JHR Developments||+4.981|
|9||26||Luis Leeds||AUS||TRS Arden||+5.194|
|10||63||Nicolai Kj?rgaard||DAN||Fortec Motorsports||+5.480|
|11||35||Harry Hayek||AUS||Jamun Racing||+5.818|
|12||33||Ross Martin||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||+5.894|
|13||96||Jack Butel||GBR||JHR Developments||+8.785|
|14||44||Patrik Matthiesen||DAN||Joe Tandy Racing||+9.495|
|15||8||Carrie Schreiner||DEU||Double R Racing||+9.680|
|16||88||Jack Martin||GBR||TRS Arden||+10.611|
|RET||67||Frank Bird||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||Retired|