Chadwick Wins GT5 Title with Hard Fought Spa Encounter

by Connor Jackson

Ollie Chadwick took the lead on the final lap of the second Ginetta GT5 Challenge race to win the championship in emphatic fashion. His achievement leaves him as one of the most dominant drivers in the series after wrapping it up at Spa-Francorchamps.

Chadwick was determined to make up time on the leader, but pole sitter Matt Chapman was wise to the move and defended the inside into the first corner. The top five kept their positions with Ollie and Matt pulling away at the front of the field.

Ryan Hadfield needed to get infront of Chadwick and was frustrated to slot in behind the Xentek Motorsport driver. Over the opening hew laps, he watched as Chadwick ran off down the road.

Further back Jonny Greenwood was given a 10 second penalty for a false start. Chadwick managed to temporarily take the lead as the two swapped positions a number of times. Though it was the battle for third that looked like it would decide the championship.

The Hadfield’s were clearly under pressure as light rain filled the air. A mistake from Jonathan Hadfield saw him drop to eighth as Andy Richardson took third from Ryan Hadfield. He soon fell more places as Jack Minshaw took the opportunity to go fourth.

In GRDC+ Richard Evans kept rival Adrian Campbell-Smith at bay for the first half of the race holding on until the final two laps. The result sees a repeat of the race one podium drivers as the top two broke away.

Chapman kept the lead on the penultimate lap, holding off Chadwick as the rain came down. With one lap to go, Chadwick was released, setting a fastest second sector and winning by a few seconds. Chapman will be disappointed to have collected second as R Hadfield recovered to third.

The result means that Ollie Chadwick becomes the 2016 Ginetta GT5 Challenge Champion. The team took the opportunity to celebrate on the podium, they go into tomorrow in high spirits.

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