Chadwick Inherits Win after Late Red Flag in Final Race


New Ginetta GT5 Challenge champion Ollie Chadwick took victory after the final lap was discounted because of a red flag. The final race at Spa-Francorchamps saw the Xentek Motorsport driver work his way through from eighth.

The reverse grid race saw Steven Wells on pole as the field barrelled into Eau Rouge. His lead didn’t last long though as Am driver Ian Robinson made another excellent getaway to lead at the end of the first sector.

Wells continued to battle with Robinson, though it came to little. Meanwhile, the two drivers who’d dominated the early part of the weekend; Chapman and Chadwick, moved up the order.

On the second lap, Chadwick jumped from fifth to first, dragging Chapman up behind him. Jack Minshaw had made his way into third, but lost traction in the final corner, putting him back under threat from Wells.

Sadly, the clean race didn’t last as Alex Toth-Jones retired at Blanchimont after destroying his front end. A safety car was then deployed in order to deal with the Richardson Racing driver.

After leading throughout the early half of the race, Robinson was clearly struggling to keep up with the leaders as he fed in behind Wells, who was running fourth. Elsewhere, Matt Palmer saw his chances of a podium dashed, getting stuck behind Robinson.

Chapman made a strong restart, harrying the leader and finally taking the place through Blanchimon. Before Chadwick had a chance to attack a red flag was thrown as Dan Collinson‘s car needed to be extracted from the circuit at the top of Eau Rouge.

With a red flag, the race was counted back a lap ensuring that Chadwick was given back the win as Chapman settled for second. Minshaw eventually rounded out the podium from Robinson and Palmer.

In GRDC+ another win for Richard Evans put him clear in the championship as Adrian Campbell-Smith took second.