Ginetta GT4 Supercup

Wrigley Fights Through To Opening Knockhill Win

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Tom Wrigley climbed through from fifth position to take victory in the opening Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup encounter at Knockhill.

The rescheduled reverse grid race from Snetterton was full of action, with pole-sitter Tom Hibbert and title contender Will Burns dramatically coming to blows.

Hibbert started the race from pole position and a positive opening first few laps saw him and Burns break away from a group of G55’s squabbling over third position.

Carl Boardley was leading that pack, with a fast-starting Reece Somerfield shooting into fourth at the expense of Wrigley, who had Mark Davies on his tail.

Somerfield moved up to third on the next lap at Scotsman, and that would prove to be a big move on lap five as the front two suffered drama.

Burns had moved right onto Hibbert’s tail over the start-finish line and attempted a move into Scotsman, but contact between the two spun them both around.

As Somerfield assumed the lead from Boardley and Wrigley, both the drivers in the incident limped to the pitlane, with only Burns eventually returning to the track.

Somerfield’s lead was short-lived however as Boardley immediately pounced to take the advantage coming out of the hairpin at the end of the lap.

A few laps later and the privateer was down to fourth, with Wrigley diving down the inside at the hairpin and an opportunistic Davies following through to take the final podium position.

From there, Wrigley’s attentions were firmly on the race leader and after setting the fastest lap of the race in his pursuit, the championship leader got ahead at the first corner on lap fourteen.

Wrigley would then forge some breathing room from his pursuer, edging out to a 0.9 second gap at the end of the 23 lap encounter as he took victory.

Wrigley’s sixth win of the campaign has also seen him make championship history as the first driver to take a podium finish in each of the first eleven races of a Supercup campaign.

Boardley took second for his third podium finish of the year, whilst after trading position with Somerfield a couple of times, Davies took his second rostrum of the campaign.

Somerfield eventually slipped to fifth at the finish, with Ben Green producing a superb performance to climb up to fourth at the finish from thirteenth on the grid.

Colin White took a comprehensive AM class victory in sixth overall, heading Chris Ingram by over 35 seconds despite losing time with a wide moment at Scotsman.

Callum Pointon was a subdued eighth, while David Brooks completed the AM podium in ninth overall for his maiden top three finish in the class.

Mike Newbold and Grahame Tilley completed the class finishers, the latter having suffered first lap contact with Fraser Robertson that led to his retirement, while Burns nursed his damaged G55 home in twelfth.

Full race results can be found here.

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