Basey-Fisher Battles Forward To Take First Win

Basey-Fisher had to fight his way to Challenge win #1 (Credit: Chris Gurton Photography)

Oli BaseyFisher fought past both Brad Bailey and Will Burns to score his first Ginetta GT5 Challenge win in the final race of the Silverstone weekend for the series.

The lead trio battled throughout the six lap sprint finish to the meeting, covered for two-thirds of the event by less than a second.

Running third for most of the race Basey-Fisher’s move to the front came in the second half of the race. First he held a tighter line out of Club to pass Bailey for second, before taking the lead from his Academy Motorsport teammate Burns a lap later before keeping the man who had been awarded the race two win after David Pittard’s exclusion in second place by half a second at the line.

Bailey completed the podium, though only just as the trio’s squabbling over the podium places had allowed a rapid Pittard to catch them, in the end finishing just a second behind the race leader.

Much of Pittard’s work was done on the opening lap. After starting from the back of the grid following his exclusion he crossed the line after his first 3.66mile lap in seventh place. He passed Jason Kenny and Ben Hyland on consecutive laps as well as benefiting from a Tor McIlroy spin.

Taken out of the equation earlier in the race were Luke Davenport and Clive Richards, both podium visitors already during the weekend. The pair had contact at Becketts on the opening lap. Richards spun down the order, though he rallied back to finish 12th. Davenport, however, having picked up damage in the clash was forced to retire from the race at the end of the Hanger Straight.

Stuart Pearson completed a clean sweep of the G20 class with a straight forward win. He finished 6.6. seconds ahead of Brian Murphy, who had climbed the order after his race two retirement with Mark de Spong in third.