Chadwick Unchallenged as Hadfield’s Round out Podium

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Another almost unchallenged win from Ollie Chadwick proved the new Ginetta GT5 Challenge champion will not be letting up in the final few races. While the Xentek Motorsport driver made a poor getaway, he proved untouchable around Donington Park.

As the lights went out, Ollie Chadwick couldn’t pull away temporarily dropping back. Luckily, he made the most of the second part of the start jumping back into the lead as he out-braked Ryan Hadfield into the first corner.

The majority of the field got away smoothly, though a disaster from Jac Constable saw him drop into the midfield from fourth. His race was eventually made worse as he was given a 10 second penalty. This proved to be a feature with a few of his compatriots as they attempted to minimise the gap.

R Hadfield was soon on the back of the leader as his brother, Jonathan Hadfield held third a few seconds behind.

Nick Zapolski had been running as high as fifth, though ended his race early, beached in the gravel having already collected a time penalty. As the order calmed, it was Matt Chapman who claimed fourth being chased by rookie Ollie Wilkinson.

Ollie Wilkinson and provisional sixth place Matt Flowers were the other two runners with 10 second penalties and found themselves in a phantom battle with Matt Palmer over position.

Meanwhile in GT5 Am, Glen Broster lead the way after his rivals fell away. A strong race from Wilkinson was undone on the last lap as he retired with a single lap to run.

Another strong result from Chadwick proved he was not going to let up after clinching the title at Spa-Francorchamps. He was joined on the podium by the Hadfield pair with Ryan continuing to lead Jonathan.

Behind them, Chapman took a lonely fourth with Flowers and Constable gaining top six finishes, despite their penalty. Palmer fell back in the closing laps as Steven Wells rounded out the top eight.