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Chadwick Wins Wet Thriller to Extend Championship Lead

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Xentek Motorsport’s team leader Ollie Chadwick topped another race as he broke away from Jack Minshaw in the second half of the final race at Silverstone.

The reverse grid race saw Matt Flowers start on pole as he attempted the right the wrong of race one in which he spun at the first corner. This time he was more careful but Mark Davenport moved straight into the lead of the race.

Sadly for the Am driver it didn’t last long as Minshaw quickly took the lead after another strong getaway, and a good drive out of Becketts. He spent the next few laps building a gap to the others behind as the grid fell over each other.

Despite being pushed around by Jonathan Hadfield in the midfield early in the lap, Chadwick moved up to second as the pack evened out. Unsurprisingly, he broke away from the battle for third and soon caught Minshaw, creating a two car battle for the win.

Minshaw couldn’t hold on though as Chadwick mugged him on the inside into Village. From there, he looked untouchable, eventually winning by 5.601 seconds.

Further back it wasn’t going so well for rival Jonathan Hadfield as he found himself being spun after light contact with Alexis Taylor and a few other drivers who squeezed him out into Club. Hadfield would recover, but only enough to claim eleventh place.

Glen Broster had made the most of the damp conditions to move up to fifth, but was unable to hold on, spinning off at Brooklands. He recovered but struggled to keep himself facing forward, running wide with Adrian Campbell-Smith beaching himself in the gravel just behind.

Flowers had been on course for a podium, but a mistake saw him drop to fifth behind the wet master Jac Constable and Steven Wells. As the race started to draw to a close, the clouds gathered as it became clear the race was going to end under wet conditions.

The chequered flag was waved a lap early which saw Chadwick win from Minshaw and Constable. The adjusted results meant that Flowers was given fourth with Wells and Hadfield behind.

The end of the race was marred by a crash between two cars in the midfield with the field being forced to crawl across the line as the rain bucketted down and the start lined filled with debris. The remainder of the Silverstone meeting was abandoned as a result.

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