Chapman Wins Battle with Chadwick to Claim Second Win

by Connor Jackson

Matt Chapman took his second victory of the season in the TCR car around Spa-Francorchamps. His win ensured second place Ollie Chadwick did not clinch the Ginetta GT5 Challenge title.

A strong start for Chapman saw him keep the lead into the first corner as Chadwick fed in behind. It was a good start for Ryan Hadfield who managed to jump his brother to move into third, though he was unable to challenge the leaders.

Chapman was unable to demonstrate the form he had from qualifying, and found himself under pressure from the incredible Chadwick. The top two had broken away, swapping lap times as the race continued.

Further back, R Hadfield couldn’t break the tow of brother Jonathan Hadfield. With the gap extending to the leaders, Jonny took the initiative to take third. Knowing what it meant to his title though, Ryan made his way past, finishing third.

With only a few laps to go, Chadwick took the lead and was on course to win the title but a resilient fight back from Chapman saw him take it back on the final lap.

The win becomes Chapman’s second of the season as Chadwick finished second ahead of Hadfield. Behind J Hadfield, Jack Minshaw held on to his role as best-of-the-rest. Another fight through the field saw Nick Zapolski claim sixth ahead of Mohammed Elsminy and #21 Andy Richardson.

In GRDC+ Richard Evans took yet another victory as polesitter Adrian Campbell-Smith made a poor start, dropping into the midfield. The #16 eventually recovered to finish second in class with Shawn Fleming rounding out the podium.

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