Having clinched both Snetterton victories last time out, Tom Golding took his third GRDC win on the trot at Silverstone on Saturday evening, coming home just ahead of close rival Tom Sibley, with Bond To in third.
Golding started from pole, but temporarily ceded the lead to a fast-starting Graeme Bishopp, who charged through from third on the grid on the opening lap. The situation didn’t remain static for long, however: Golding was back in the lead almost instantly, while Sibley also regained his starting position of second on the first lap.
Second time around, Bishopp spun in the vicinity of the Maggots-Becketts complex, taking him out of third and possible contention for the win. That left Bond To in his eventual finishing position of third and Golding and Sibley renewing their close battles from Snetterton at the front of the field.
Although To couldn’t quite match the pace of the leading pair this time out, he’ll be happy to return to the podium after a disappointing weekend at Snetterton last time out.
Elsewhere, Bishopp’s spin meant he briefly fell behind Dimitri Sedashev, but the latter would eventually finish just behind him in fifth. Jamie Hopkins had a nicely consistent run to sixth, while Bill Forbes surged from 10th on the grid to seventh over the course of the six-lap race.
A great tussle for the final three places in the top 10 saw Ben Hatton and Steve Birt get ahead of Jimmy Thompson on the final lap, while James Townsend did the same to get ahead of Mark Seymour for 13th. Robert Pugsley and Steven Moore were 11th and 12th, with Mike Rogers 15th. Mike West unfortunately didn’t finish after taking action to avoid Bishopp’s spinning car earlier in the race.