Ginetta GT5 Challenge

Hadfield hangs on to break Chadwick’s run in Race 3

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Ryan Hadfield claimed the honours in the final race of the weekend as he quickly took the lead and maintained the advantage throughout the final Ginetta GT5 Challenge race of the weekend, even holding off pressure from Ollie Chadwick before a late mistake blew his chances.

The reverse grid race saw Dan Collinson line up on pole position, but he was unable to make the most of the opportunity, he was mugged at the start and soon picked up damage, forcing him to pit after only a few laps.

This left the Ryan & Jonathan Hadfield pairing to lead the field with Jonathan holding off Ryan’s #41 R&J Motorsport entry. It wasn’t plain sailing for the leader though as he was quickly passed by Ryan, before Matt Palmer took advantage of Jonathan as well before the end of the first lap. Jonathan’s chances quickly spiralled out of control as he lost momentum and dropped to ninth. He’d recover, but only managed fifth place.

Chadwick, who had started ninth, was quick to pick his way through the traffic and after Palmer ran wide into Druids, inherited second position, leaving the privateer to play catch up.

With a few seconds between himself and leader Ryan Hadfield, Chadwick set a number of fastest laps, eventually catching him on the final lap. The two were side by side on the GP circuit, but it ended badly for Chadwick as he ran wide losing time and dropping a few positions.

Hadfield would end up taking a comfortable victory in the final race of the weekdn ensuring he leaves as Chadwick’s closest competitor in the points table. A mistake by Palmer on the final lap also cost him second place allowing young Matt Chapman to inherit the position with Palmer having to settle for third.

The final lap had once again shaken the order as Chadwick recovered from his off to claim fourth ahead of Jonathan Hadfield. Behind them Matt Flowers rounded out the top six, beating Ian Robinson, the highest placed Am driver.

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