Ginetta GT4 Supercup

Davies Takes Croft G50 Double As Coates Returns With Home Win

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Mark Davies extended his lead in the G50 class of the 2012 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup with two more victories in the latest rounds at Croft, while Yorkshireman Max Coates also took a popular win on his home circuit.

 

Round Twelve

Davies set the G50 pace during qualifying, taking the class pole ahead of Coates. Davies led away at the start, with Coates slotting into second ahead of a fast starting Rob Gaffney, however the latter's race was to be over soon after, retirement on lap four giving him his first DNF of the season.

At the front, Coates kept close to Davies throughout the opening period and found his way past for the lead on lap seven. The local driver, who missed the previous rounds at Oulton Park, held on until the end to collect his fifth class win of the season

Richardson Racing's Davies followed him home in second, while taking a superb podium finish on his debut in the series was        Ian White. Fourth in class was James Owen, with Reece Somerfield completing the G50 finishers in fifth.

 

Round Thirteen

The race one results set the grid for race two, meaning Coates started on the G50 pole. The Redbrick Racing star led away early on, but was soon under pressure from Davies, while behind, Gaffney was soon up to third after working his way through from the back of the grid.

A fantastic lead battle developed, with Davies all over the back of Coates, with Davies finally making a move on lap twelve at the hairpin. A forceful move almost saw him ahead, but robust defending from Coates ensured he stayed in front, but his race was soon over when mechanical problems forced him to retire.

This gifted Davies the win from Gaffney, with White impressing once again in third. Behind, a late gasp move from Owen saw him just get ahead of Somerfield before the line for fourth.

 

Round Fourteen

A fantastic start in the final race for Gaffney saw the Meridian Motorsport racer take the lead into the first corner, however his spell in front only lasted half a lap before Davies got past at Barcroft. Somerfield was third, with Coates running fourth until a mistake on lap three at Esses saw him clip the tyres and spin off into the field and out of the race.

Davies held a comfortable advantage at the front until a spin coming out of the hairpin on lap eight allowed Gaffney onto his tail. Gaffney wasn't able to challenge for the lead though, with Davies taking his seventh class win of the season in a superb fifth overall. White completed the podium once again ahead of Owen, while Somerfield joined Coates in retirement late on.

 

Provisional 2012 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup 'G50' Standings (After Rd. 14):

  1. Mark Davies – 456 points
  2. Rob Gaffney – 359 points
  3. Max Coates – 272 points
  4. James Owen – 258 points
  5. Louise Richardson – 188 points
  6. Reece Somerfield – 166 points
  7. Ian Parsons – 79 points
  8. Ian White – 78 points
  9. Connaire Finn – 46 points
  10. Declan Jones – 27 points
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