Westley Barber won the second race of the weekend at Brands Hatch although he benefited from a ten second penalty imposed on Fortec Motorsport driver Mike Conway for a jump start. Conway desperately tried to make up this deficit on the track as he...
Westley Barber won the second race of the weekend at Brands Hatch although he benefited from a ten second penalty imposed on Fortec Motorsport driver Mike Conway for a jump start. Conway desperately tried to make up this deficit on the track as he pulled off into the distance but crossed the line only seven seconds ahead of Comtec Motorsport's Barber and hence fell back to second place.
Conway lined up on pole position ahead of Barber, Stoddart, Ruben Carrapatoso and Paul Di Resta, but he crept during the red light although did not appear to benefit from this. He held the lead into Paddock Hill Bend ahead of Barber and Stoddart as everyone except Nik Goodfellow, who ran wide and retired, got through the first corner without incident.
Conway was quickly awarded a ten second penalty for his movement during the red light but he was already trying to pull out a ten-second lead over Barber to ensure victory after the penalty was awarded. His progress was slow over the opening laps as he managed just 0.2 seconds per lap, but by midway through the race he suddenly found his rhythm and was consistently half a second faster than Barber.
There was little action further down the field as most drivers ran in formation with very few serious attempts to pass. James Jakes survived an off-track excursion at Paddock Hill Bend as he ran wide into the gravel but was able to recover.
Despite another late charge from Conway over the closing stages he was only able to pull out a seven second lead and so Barber was awarded the win when he crossed the line, waving his arm in the air as the team informed him what had happened. Barber's team-mate Susie Stoddart finished third for her second podium of the weekend. <pre> Results: 1. Westley Barber Comtec Racing with Duckhams 18m 14.728s 2. Mike Conway Fortec Motorsport +2.813s 3. Susie Stoddart Comtec Racing with Duckhams +5.232s 4. Paul Di Resta Manor Motorsport +5.620s 5. Ruben Carrapatoso Eurotek Motorsport +7.527s 6. Joey Foster Motaworld Racing +8.249s 7. Alex Storckenfeldt Mark Burdett Motorsport +11.512s 8. Patrick Hogan Manor Motorsport +12.839s 9. Stuart Hall Fortec Motorsport +13.195s 10. Charles Hollings Fortec Motorsport +13.757s