Chadwick Blasts to Victory in Silverstone Spray for Race Two

by Connor Jackson

It was another comfortable victory for Ollie Chadwick who quickly scythed his way into the lead on the opening lap, pulling out a gap in the second Ginetta GT5 Challenge race of the Silverstone weekend.

After winning the opening round, Jonathan Hadfield had the honour of starting on pole. It didn’t last long though as Matt Flowers made the better start from second, taking the lead before spinning at the first corner. It proved to be a disaster for Flowers who dropped down the order, only recovering to ninth by the finish.

The curse of the race leader continued as J Hadfield couldn’t brake into Maggots, cutting the corner and allowing Chadwick into the lead. Jonathan would eventually slot into third behind brother Ryan Hadfield. Meanwhile in GRDC+ Richard Evans maintained his lead from Campbell-Smith as Antonio held up the field in his Pro.

Back at front, the Hadfields started to battle with the top three having broken away from fourth place Ian Robinson. Unfortunetly for the Am leader he couldn’t hold the position, dropping to fifth as Matt Chapman flew past, setting the fastest lap at the same time. Life then went from bad to worse for Robinson as he spun off the track droppign further.

Chapman soon found himself in third as J Hadfield spun at the exit of copse. He recovered, but was a few seconds behind, chasing the TCR machine for the final podium spot.

Chadwick continued to hold a safe distance in the lead as second place; Ryan Hadfield was unable to catch up as a result of the heavy GRDC+ traffic they approached. Ryan continued to struggle amongst the slower machines and lost his chance at a podium as Chapman and Jonathan slid past.

With second place on the line, the two drivers ran side by side towards Stowe with Chapman doing his upmost to maintain the momentum. Unfotunetly for him, J Hadfield had more grip in the latter stages barrelling into second before Vale.

Chadwick eventually crossed the line, four seconds in front of J Hadfield while Chapman rounded out the podium. Behind R Hadfield, a large gap had formed with the rest of the competition not able to compete in the rainy conditions. Jac Constable eventually took fifth with Glen Broster becoming the Am winner in sixth.

Amazingly, despite the conditions, there were only four retirements.

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