Coates takes 1-point lead over Young into Sunday finale after Lidsey wins penultimate round

Brett Lidsey has won today’s penultimate round of the Renault UK Clio Cup at Brands Hatch but a penalty for Jack Young has sensationally moved Max Coates back into the championship lead ahead of tomorrow’s title deciding final round.
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Young was given a 30-second time penalty after the race finished for failing to serve a drive-through pit lane penalty (for ‘overlapping’ during a Safety Car period – forbidden by the regulations).

This has dropped him from fourth in the result to 12th for just four points. With arch rival Max Coates finishing third for 20 points, it means the Team HARD driver (15 behind going into the race) has moved one point clear of Young at the top of the table – making for a nail-biting final round between them tomorrow.

Young will start that race from third on the grid but Coates will have it all to do from tenth…

None of this though should detract from MRM driver Lidsey’s mastery of the wet conditions to secure his second victory of 2019 in today’s race. From fifth on the grid he made a demon start to be second exiting the first corner.

When early leader, Westbourne Motorsport’s James Colburn, ran wide at Surtees Bend, Lidsey was swiftly past into first place.

Coates then took the fight to Lidsey but after the Safety Car period he lost second to Colburn at Druids Bend. Colburn then tried to close in on Lidsey – setting the race’s fast lap in his pursuit – but Lidsey held firm to win on his home circuit.

Lidsey said: “It was gutting to have been taken out of the title fight at Silverstone two weeks ago so I was on a bit of a mission coming here to prove a point – the team made some tweaks to the car for the conditions and it worked great.”

After Young’s penalty was applied, Team HARD’s Jamie Bond was classified fourth but it wasn’t enough to keep his slim title hopes alive.

Fitfth after fighting back against MRM’s Nathan Edwards on the final lap was Westbourne’s Ben Colburn who had run inside the lead pack early on.

MRM’s Tyler Lidsey took a strong seventh. Team HARD’s Ethan Hammerton – recovering from an earlier spin – and Westbourne’s Aaron Thompson were eighth and ninth.

Completing the top ten having run among the leaders early on before a spin was Westbourne’s Anton Spires. Specialized Motorsport’s Luke Warr was 11th ahead, on corrected times, of the penalised Young. Assetto Motorsport’s Jade Edwards was 13th – a lap down after a pit stop.

Westbourne’s Finlay Robinson retired from the race – his spin into the Paddock Hill Ben gravel trap causing the Safety Car period.

Result (provisional), Round 17, Brands Hatch GP:
1. Brett Lidsey (MRM), 12 laps in 24m16.772s (72.15mph)
2. James Colburn (Westbourne Motorsport), +0.559s
3. Max Coates (Team HARD), +1.055s
4. Jamie Bond (Team HARD), +3.031s
5. Ben Colburn (Westbourne Motorsport), +7.274s
6. Nathan Edwards (MRM with InterCleanse), 8.025s
7. Tyler Lidsey (MRM), +8.890s
8. Ethan Hammerton (Team HARD), +11.454s
9. Aaron Thompson (Westbourne Motorsport), +18.051s
10. Anton Spires (Westbourne Motorsport), +23.827s
11. Luke Warr (Specialized Motorsport), +31.155s
12. Jack Young (MRM), +32.375s
13. Jade Edwards (Assetto Motorsport with MRM) +1 lap
DNF. Finlay Robinson (Westbourne Motorsport)
Fastest lap: James Colburn, 1m51.089s (78.85mph)
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