James Kellett is the rain master with second GT5 win of weekend

by Joe Hudson

James Kellett proved he is a master of all conditions as he took a dominant win in the second Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge race at an increasingly wet Silverstone.

At the start it was Callum Pointon that started from pole, but his stint at the front was very short lived as Kellett took the time of two corners to assert his dominance in the drizzle and pull away.

For Pointon his race didn’t get much better after that as Ollie Chadwick wasted no time also getting past him before the Wellington Straight. However, a spin for both men going into Brooklands and then Luffield saw Pointon drop down the field and allow James Robinson to get past into third.

At the front, Kellett was having no such trouble as his lead grew by the second every lap free from the squabbles and the poor visibility hampering those behind.

The race tended to settle down a touch as traffic from the GRDC+ class came into play with Robinson needling Chadwick for second place but finding his efforts coming to nought.

Speaking of the GRDC+ half of the grid, Ben Hyland also showed the same levels of cool Kellett showed in the main class to ensure that his road legal G40 remained undisturbed by a titanic battle between Rob Keogh and Charles Ferguson for second place.

They were hammer and tongs for a lot of the race, to the extent they nudged each other into a synchronised spin at Brooklands they were charging so hard. When the chequered flag came out, Ferguson was the man who came out on top with a 1.6 second stranglehold on second place.

For Hyland, that allowed him a 7.079 margin of victory in the + class.

While all this was going on, Chadwick decided that two laps from the end was the perfect time to go on a charge and reduce the leader’s 8 second gap at the front of the field. Unfortunately for the Xentek Motorsport man it was too little too late as he could only take a second out of Kellett’s time.

As the flag fell on the GT5 class, the top three had more than ten seconds on fourth place Callum Pointon with Stewart Linn five seconds behind in fifth after a spin of his own at Vale.

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