Tom Hibbert Wins Round 8 at Croft, after King incurs a penalty.

by Denis Hardy

The front row of the Pro Class grid, was filled out by Harry King, on pole, with Tom Hibbert beside him. Row 2 saw Privateer Carlito Miracco beside Will Burns. further back, Championship Leader Reece Somerfield lined  up on row 3, along side Mike Epps.

As the lights went out, everyone got away cleanly, following King into the first corner.  As they cleared the chicane, Elite Motorsport’s, King and Triple M’s Tom Hibbert, started to stretch away, Miracco and Burns trying to go with them.  

By the end of lap two, however, news came through of a 10-sec penalty for King, for a false start, his only option was to go flat out to try and claw back some of the time. The penalty dropped him back to tenth place overall, but by the chequered flag, he’d pulled back six places to finish fourth, ahead of Miracco, just two seconds off the podium, despite crossing the line first.

Hibbert had chased King from start to finish and even after crossing the was unaware of King’s penalty, it was only in Parc Ferme post race he discovered he’d won.

Rob Boston Racing’s Will Burns, eventually dispatched Miracco on lap three, getting past to start reeling in the leaders, Further back Somerfield had a battle trying to keep, Team HARDs, Mike Epps behind him. Epps eventually slipped by on lap nine to take forth placement the track, third overall. Somerfields race was over just three laps later when he took an excursion into the gravel, at Clervaux, on lap thirteen. 

Simon Rudd stayed out of trouble and came home in sixth both in class and on track, Total Control Racings, Fin Green had a quiet race, coming back ninth overall and seventh in class. Last Pro man Home was Tom Barley, who span early on, putting him way down in fourteenth place overall and eighth in class.

The Am Class has been hotly contested all season and this round was no exception, with Century Motorsport’s Nathan Heathcote battling with Darron Lewis for top spot in the Championship.

Lining up next to each other on the grid, Heathcote and Lewis were set for battle, Lewis desperate to get past Heathcote, but on lap five Lewis made an error, taking a trip across the grass, ending his race. Heathcote may have thought that the pressure was off, but moments later he had Supercup Legend, Colin White chasing him down, but Nathan looked set to hold him off, until he locked up going in the hairpin on lap 13 allowing, White to dive down the inside to take the class lead and ultimately the win.

Further back RBR’s James Kell stayed out of trouble to round out the Am class podium. Behind him Dan Kirby managed to hold off AK Motorsport’s Carl Garnett to take fourth in class 0.360 seconds clear.

Lucky Khera came in seventh in class, ahead of Lee Frost, who’d had he car rebuilt after a big smash in the wet on Saturday.  Bringing up the rear was Peter Bassill  coming home a lap down. Finally Jack Oliphant retired after 5 laps.

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