Ginetta GT5 Challenge

Richards And Davies Repeat Brands Ginetta Wins

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Clive Richards and Mark Davies took the wins in the latest rounds of the 2011 Ginetta Challenge around the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, repeating the results they picked up when they visited the Kent circuit a month ago.

The opening twenty minute race saw Davies take a lights to flag victory in his Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G40. He was aided by a strong battle for second place between Richard Sykes, Sean Huyton and Mike Robinson, while allowed him to break away.

Academy Motorsport's Huyton muscled past Sykes at Graham Hill Bend, with the latter spinning round as a result of the contact. HHC Motorsport's Sykes worked his way back to fifth place and looked to chase down a podium finish, but his progress was hindered by a safety car period caused by Kevin Begley, who got stuck in the Paddock Hill gravel.

The race restarted, but was stopped again soon after when James Owen, Rick Parfitt and Tony Robinson all plunged into the Paddock Hill gravel. This gave Davies the win from Huyton and Total Control Racing's Robinson, with Pat Gormley fourth ahead of Sykes and Ryan Ratcliffe. The G20 class was won by Gary Simms, his fourth class win of the season, ahead of championship leader Stuart Pearson.

A dry track greeted the drivers for race two, with Richards enjoying them most to take the win, making up for an eighth place finish in race one. Sykes led the race early on, but was overhauled by Huyton, who took the lead from Davies.

Richards began working his way through the field and was up to third quickly, before passing Davies for second and then leapfrogging Huyton for the lead at Druids. Richards hung on for the win, with Huyton second and Davies third. Ratcliffe continued his impressive season with fourth, ahead of Sykes and HHC's Parfitt, who took a career-best sixth place. Dominic Pettit won the G20 class, while Pearson took second again to increase his championship lead.

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