A strong Croft weekend for Ben Green sees him take third in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup thanks to a pair of race wins. Gamble jumped from fifth to second with a brace of podiums, but all the while Callum Pointon continued to extend his points advantage at the top of the tables.
Green and Jones were outright pace-setters in qualifying, but each had quick laps removed after changing tyres during the session, although Green held on to his second place, Jones was demoted to an unrepresentative 16th overall and 11th in class.
Carl Boardley meanwhile - who knocked early pacesetter Gamble off the top of the times – was the man who ended the session quickest, taking pole position with a 1:30.693s lap. All his hard work was undone however, when he was forced to make a pit stop on his way to the grid, promoting Green to first on the road.
Making the most of his advantage, Green made a blistering start as the action got underway, fending off an early challenge firstly from Roche, and then Gamble who had moved into second place during the first tour of the Yorkshire circuit.
Although the gap fluctuated between the two leaders, Green never faltered and held firm to take a confident win over Gamble. It was action stations behind though as Roche began to come under pressure from the chasing Pro drivers.
With Green and Gamble checked out at the front of the pack, Roche, Somerfield, Hibbert, Pointon, Ladell and Jones were fighting tooth and nail for the final spot on the podium. Roche eventually made the break from Somerfield, and it was a five car train for position.
As the quintet piled into the final hairpin on their penultimate lap, Hibbert got ahead of Somerfield, but Pointon was looking for a way past the pair of them. Jones got up to fourth but ended up making contact with Somerfield and picking up a puncture in the process. As a result, Jones dropped all the way to P16 at the flag after what was looking set to be a spectacular recovery drive.
Kudos too to Boardley; after his pit lane start he was a man on a mission as he ploughed up the order. Having to make his way through the AM field before he could challenge his fellow Pro drivers, he picked up eight places in the opening five laps. A few more and he was ninth overall by the time the flag fell.
In the AM class, it was a dominant win for Constable. Having qualifying on pole, he kept his head down during the damp race to keep 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.
There was no stopping Green as he lined up on pole position for the second race of the weekend. As the lights went out, he streaked into Clervaux well in the lead. Gamble defended hard from Roche, Pointon and Somerfield as the G55’s made their way up to Tower for the first time, with Jones making excellent progress to pick up a trio of places.
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. Three laps later things got back into action and it was Pointon who made the most of the restart. He leapt onto the back of Roche in third, and was into the final podium spot where he remained to the flag.
Not long later, Ladell put one of his Clio moves to good use as he sent his G55 up the inside of Somerfield with a big dive at the hairpin to claim fifth. As the top four checked out ahead, Ladell was left to defend his position from the chasing field.
Despite a number of final lap challenges by Gamble, the Amigos Tequila Flavoured Beer-backed driver just couldn’t find a way around Green, who held his own to take his second win of the weekend. The pair was joined on the podium by championship leader Pointon whilst Roche and Ladell rounded out the top five.
In the AM class, Constable celebrated a dominant victory in an impressive sixth overall, having mixed it with a number of Pro cars on his way to another win. His Xentek Motorsport teammate Jack Minshaw had a very good race too, battling hard with White for much of the session before taking third from the points leader during the closing laps.
The reverse grid race saw Roche on pole position with Pointon behind in second. At the start, Green was the one to watch as he shot from fourth to second by the time the cars reached Tower for the first time. It was short-lived however, as a drag race with Pointon saw him retake second, shuffling Green back to third.
Having taken to the grass, Green dropped down the order as Gamble and Ladell sliped past at Tower. Having had an excursion onto the grass, Green was forced to make a pitstop to clear debris from his radiator. As a result, he fell to the very back of the order and eventually finished ninth in class.
Green’s pit stop moved the battle between Jones and Hibbert up the order. Hibbert eventually passed Jones to move into fifth, with a last minute move on Ladell at Tower to move into fourth. As Roche’s tyres started to wear towards the end of the race, Pointon halved the deficit to the Laser Tools car on the penultimate lap. Try as he might, he couldn’t quite make the move stick and mindful of his championship position, was happy to settle for second and the vital 30 points.
In the AM class, there was a fantastic battle between the top four. White was the early leader, but Constable reeled him in to snatch the place in the opening stages after a brief moment for White. The foursome proved the AM field is just as competitive though as they ran nose-to-tail for most of the 15 lap encounter. Constable managed to keep Robinson at bay, whilst White finished an eventual third, just ahead of Minshaw.
Constable’s dominant result brings the AM class ever closer, with just seven points splitting leader White and second placed Constable as they head into the summer break. Furthermore, a strong weekend for Gamble sees him pass Hibbert for second in the standings, with Pointon enjoying a 53 point cushion.
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