MINI Challenge

Whorton-Eales Wins Second JCW Race from Brands

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Credit: David Young / MINI UK

After inheriting the opening race win, due to a penalty for rival Jordan Collard, it would be a second win of the weekend for Ant Whorton-Eales as he starts to look at securing the MINI Challenge title.

With the penultimate round of the season taking place at Brands Hatch Indy this weekend, the JamSport Racing driver was keen to perform at the MINI Festival, leading from start to finish as his three closest challengers fell by the wayside

Whorton-Eales had started on pole, with JCW title rival Nathan Harrison alongside him on the front row. AW-E would keep the lead around Druids, ensuring he had the lead during the first safety car period, as Calum King ran off at Paddock Hill bend.

Harrison would be all over him on the restart, but contact with Rob Smith on lap six saw the both of the drop down the order, with Smith eventually retiring. Harrison would be seventh as the safety car once again made its appearance giving second place to Henry Neal.

AW-E was wise to not underestimate the Team Dynamics driver, as Neal pressured him all the way to the line, under a second behind the #10.

The podium would be completed by Dan Zelos, with the Renault UK Clio Cup driver making a one-off appearance this weekend. It continued his strong debut from race one in which he picked up a top eight finish.

Zelos, had been battling all race with J. Collard and Jack Davidson, with the trio halting each others progress for much of the event. Collard though, instead of making amends for his race one blunder found himself dropping back in the closing stages to tenth with Davidson inheriting fourth as Harrison worked his way back to fifth.

Sixth would eventually go to Lewis Brown, who after holding off Harrison for six laps, completed the queue of cars over the line, behind race winner Whorton-Eales. The top eight would be rounded out by Jac Maybin, in his best result since his controversial Silverstone round, and James Loukes.

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