23/08/2015

HAND DOUBLES UP AT KNOCKHILL WITH WIN NUMBER TWO

Ash Hand made it two wins from two at Knockhill with victory in Sunday’s second race at the Fife circuit – a result that moves him into a commanding lead in the championship with six rounds to go.
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As in Saturday’s race Hand led all the way from pole position after surviving a big attempt by Team Pyro team-mate Ashley Sutton to wrest the lead away from him.

That incident dropped Sutton to fourth behind WDE Motorsport’s Paul Rivett and Maximum Motorsport’s Ant Whorton-Eales who had led the points table coming into the Knockhill weekend.

Sutton was able to re-pass Whorton-Eales for third but was unsuccessful in his efforts to overtake Rivett in the closing stages. Rivett duly took second place with Sutton, who set the race’s fastest lap for two bonus points, taking third.

Whorton-Eales eventually took fifth – that move by Sutton losing him momentum and allowing Team Cooksport’s Lee Pattison to pounce and move by into an eventual fourth.

The result means Hand now holds a healthy 19-point lead over Whorton-Eales at the top of the table heading to the next two races on the calendar at Northamptonshire’s Rockingham circuit (Sat 5/Sun 6 September). Sutton, third, is 32 points adrift of Hand – that’s the equivalent of a race win – with Rivett 58 behind in fourth.

Hand commented: “It’s been the near-perfect weekend – two poles, two wins and a fastest lap (in Saturday’s race). We’re on a real roll at the moment and I have every intention of continuing it at Rockingham. If we do then it’ll be looking very good for the championship…”

Rivett said: “Pyro have had a very fast car here this weekend and it’s been WDE who have pushed them the hardest so I’m happy with that. Third yesterday, second today are very good results but you have to say that Hand is looking very strong.”

And added Sutton: “I decided to have a go at Ash in an area of the track where I know I’ve been stronger this weekend and it very nearly came off. Third is OK and I’m a lot closer to Ant in second as a result of this plus second place yesterday. Let’s see what Rockingham brings.”

Whorton-Eales said: “A bit of a frustrating weekend – we’ve struggled slightly for outright pace and while we made the car better today it still wasn’t quite enough in terms of grip and raw pace. We’ll just roll up our sleeves for Rockingham and start again. I think there might be stronger for us.”

Meanwhile Sutton's and Pattison's results ensured them of victory in the Graduates and Masters classes for younger and older drivers respectively...

Sixth in today’s race was WDE’s Charles Ladell. Behind JamSport’s Dan Holland just fended off Cooksport’s George Jackson for seventh. On their tail at the line and completing the top ten were 20Ten Racing’s Jack Mitchell and Cooksport’s Rory Collingbourne. Ladell’s sixth position has now moved him ahead of Mitchell for fifth in the standings…