JAC BAGS A HAT TRICK OF WINS AT CROFT
Monday 12th June 2017
Friday practice started slowly as Jac had a mechancial fault straight from the off which restricted him from any meaningful track time in the morning session completing only two laps. The Team fixed the fault in readiness for the afternoon practice and Jac was straight back on the pace with the leading AM time. Jac took this pace forward into Saturday's Qualifying taking pole for the AM Class with Colin White three tenths down in second with Dan Kirby third.
it was a dominant win for Jac in the Am Class as he made a good start and then kept his head down during a testing wet race. He kept points leader Colin White at bay during the early stages and latterly Dan Kirby who eventually finished second with White, Jack Minshaw and Ian Robinson rounding out the AM class top five. Jac's team mate Carl Boardley's efforts to gain pole position in the Pros was undone when he was forced to make a pit stop on the way to the grid. After his pit lane start he was a man on a mission as he ploughed up the order managing to get to ninth overall by the time the flag fell. Green took the Pro win with an impressive drive with Gamble second and Roche third.
Sunday saw the rain subside and Jac celebrated his second Am win of the weekend finishing an impressive sixth overall, having mixed it with a number of Pro cars on his way. Lap three saw the Safety Car brought out after contact between Taylor and Kirby sent the former into a spin, collecting Boardley in the process. With two of his team mates out of the race it was left to the team's fourth member, Jack Minshaw, to battle hard with White for much of the session before finishing third behind the points leader with an impressive drive in a tight battle over the closing laps. Despite a number of final lap challenges by Gamble in the Pro Class he just couldn’t find a way around Green who held on to take his second win of the weekend in the Pros and the two were joined on the podium by Pro Championship leader Pointon.
The final race was started under threatening skies with Jac fourth on the reverse Am grid. He made another great start and was second in the Ams as he rounded the first corner at Clervaux. The Am race saw a fantastic battle between the top four Ams with White taking the early lead before Jac reeled him in to snatch the place in the opening stages after a brief moment for White. With only a few drops of rain emerging from the darkening skies, the track remained dry for the race with the AM foursome running nose-to-tail for most of the 15 lap encounter. Jac managed to keep Robinson at bay, whilst White finished an eventual third, just ahead of Minshaw. In the Pros, Roche started on pole with Pointon second and whilst Green made an early showing to get to second he was forced to make a pit stop to clear debris from his radiator finally finishing 9th in his class. Roche maintained the lead from lights to flag with Pointon appearing to settle for 30 Championship points after closing on Roche but never quite creating a move that would stick. Gamble finished his strong weekend in a solid third.
Jac's dominant weekend brings the AM class ever closer, with just seven points now seperating him from the AM leader Colin White as we head into the summer break. The strong weekend for Gamble sees him pass Hibbert for second in the Pro standings, with Pointon enjoying a 53 point cushion.