Ollie Chadwick overcame controversy to take victory in Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge race one at Snetterton.
Chadwick took the win for Xentek Motorsport after seeing off stiff competition from the likes of Buddy Racing’s Gary Simms and the TCR’s George Gamble.
Indeed it was the latter who lead into Riches for the first time, with poleman Chadwick getting bogged down at the start. Nonetheless both he and Simms sat on the rear end of Gamble throughout the opening laps, before a crescendo of jostling for position ended with Chadwick pitching Simms into a spin on lap three.
Simms soon recovered, as the Chadwick & Gamble battle out front allowed him to close up once again and eventually overtake Gamble for 2nd.
But the last lap came too soon for Simms as he failed to prevent title-leader Chadwick from taking a hard-fought win around the Norfolk circuit.
Behind the podium trio and 8 seconds adrift was Gamble’s teammate Callum Pointon, who endured a lonely race ahead of the Academy Motorsport pairing of Dennis Strandberg and Matt Flowers. Nick Firth finished 7th, with privateer Luca Hirst finishing 8th and in doing so continuing the strong run of form he initiated last time out at Silverstone.
In the G20 class it was victory by technicality for Alex Preston, after Stuart Pearson received a 5 second time penalty for exceeding track limits around the Norfolk-circuit.
Russ Simpson put in an exceptional performance to take 3rd in class, and in only his second ever circuit race.