After incidents to his closest competitors, Ryan Hadfield took the Ginetta GT5 Challenge win in the rescheduled second race. As the sun beat down on Donington Park, the R+J Motorsports driver led his brother until an incident on the final lap caused Jonathan Hadfield‘s retirement.
There was chaos at the start as a number of the drivers tussled for the lead. Matt Chapman soon worked his way to the front as the Hadfield’s chased.
Ollie Chadwick had been pushed back at the start and was down to fourth by the end of the fourth lap. He attempted to muscle his way back to his usual position, though got caught up at the hairpin, spinning him around the corner.
This allowed R Hadfield into the lead as brother J Hadfield followed him through. With 5 minutes to run third place Jac Constable started falling behind. He had been quick in qualifying yet his race pace was lacking as he led and eight car train.
As expected, it was the battle for third that intrigued the field with Chapman piling the pressure on the struggling Constable.
There was more drama with only a minute to go as J Hadfield got tangled with a slower car. He broke the bonnet of his GT5 as he continued to drop down the order, beached on the grass.
This would ultimately lead to an easy win for R Hadfield. The result was vital for the vice-champion space. Constable was second as Chapman recovered from a poor middle of the race to finish third. Only 1 point now separates Chapman and R Hadfield for second in the standings.
Behind them, an excellent driver from Alex Toth-Jones saw him hold off the competition to take fourth from Chadwick, recovering from his spin. Matt Flowers had been running fifth at one point, but fell back in the final stages to the disappointment of the Academy Motorsports driver.
Rounding out the top eight was Matt Palmer and the Am winner Ian Robinson. Robinson had been fairly anonymous on Saturday though regained his usual standing at the front for race two.