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Dominant Golding Makes It Four GRDC Wins In A Row

Tom Golding was in a class of his own in Sunday’s GRDC race, the second of two encounters taking place this weekend in support of the British GT Championship. Bond To meanwhile made his second visit to the podium of the weekend, with Graeme Bishopp recovering from a spin to finish third.

Race-one victory had given Golding pole for this event, but his job was made easier when his closest challenger in recent races Tom Sibley spun going through Club corner on the first lap, resulting in his retirement from the race.

Also spinning on the first tour were Dimitri Sedashev, Jamie Hopkins and Bishopp, and while Hopkins unfortunately also had to retire on the spot, Bishopp managed to rejoin and would still be a factor.

Golding was uncatchable, though, stretching out a seven-second lead at the front of the field over To by the end of lap two. Further back, a recovering Sedashev edged past Pugsley on lap three.

A great scrap emerged four fourth involving Bill Forbes, Ben Hatton and Mike West as the race continued, and although West got ahead of Hatton for fifth at the Complex, he subsequently spun while defending the position through Maggots-Becketts on the next lap.

By the end of the fourth lap, Golding was 13 seconds clear and he added another x seconds to that by the time the chequered flag was flown. Behind To and Bishopp, Forbes held on for fourth, but there were further position changes in the closing stages, with Jimmy Thompson crossing the line fifth ahead of Steve Birt in sixth and West in seventh after his spin.

Hatton had dropped to eighth by the end of the race, ahead of ninth-place Sedashev, while Steven Moore completed the top 10, leading home James Townsend, Robert Pugsley, Mark Seymour and Mike Rogers.