ROCKINGHAM WINS HELP CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
Monday 28th August 2017
Jac made best use of the practice sessions on Friday to learn a track that he had never raced before and when Qualifying came around on the Saturday he took his new found pace to gain pole for the Am class followed by Kirby and Minshaw.
An unrepresentative qualifying meant that Colin White spent the opening race making his way through the Am class field. Jac led from lights to flag with his Xentek Motorsport teammate Jack Minshaw in pursuit. White, after his recovery drive, finished third in class but after the race, the flag judicials changed the result. Hibbert had retired into the pit lane at the end of the green flag lap and seeing the grid space ahead, Perez incorrectly took the position. As a consequence both Baker and Constable started out of position and all three ended up with a 10 second penalty, thus handing the class win to Minshaw, with White second and Constable third.
The Am class packed plenty of excitement. White was the early class leader from Miinshaw and Kirby after a spin for Constable dropped him to last in class. A move on Minshaw from White saw the latter into the gravel and out of the race.
Constable picked his way back through the field to retake the lead, whist behind, his Xentek Motorsport teammates Taylor and Minshaw fought for second, but ultimately finished in that order, with Taylor picking up his second podium of the season. A great one, two three for the Xentek Team.
In the Am class, it was Robinson who led from Constable and Minshaw during the early stages. White crept up into the podium spots, until a tangle with Kirby left him without a rear wing and off the pace, whilst the latter retired from the action. Consequently, Constable went on to win after making his move on Robinson, who had to settle for second in class, just ahead of Minshaw, who had to defend from Taylor all the way to the line.
With Jac winning all three races (having to settle for one of them revised to a third) and Colin White having some racing incidents which cost him points, Jac was able to extend his Championship lead heading to Silverstone.