UK 2000: Barber wins first race at Brands Hatch

Westley Barber won round three of the championship with a comfortable lights-to-flag victory. His team-mate Susie Stoddart finished close behind to achieve her best result in the series and secure a 1-2 for Comtec Racing with Duckhams. Charles ...

Westley Barber won round three of the championship with a comfortable lights-to-flag victory. His team-mate Susie Stoddart finished close behind to achieve her best result in the series and secure a 1-2 for Comtec Racing with Duckhams. Charles Hollings held on despite immense pressure from Fortec Motorsport team-mate Mike Conway to take third place.

Both of the Comtec Racing cars got great starts and Barber slowly edged away to build up a comfortable cushion over Stoddart. Motaworld Racing's Oliver Jarvis made the best getaway from sixth place on the grid and quickly passed Conway and Alex Storkenfeldt to move up to fourth place and try to keep in touch with the Comtec pair.

Conway, further down the grid that he was used to after suffering a fuel pick-up problem in qualifying, soon took advantage of a mistake by Jarvis to move up to fourth and set about trying to close the gap to his team-mate. Holling's pace started to slow slightly as he went on the defensive and the pair ran nose-to-tail for the remainder of the race.

Conway lined up several times for passing attempts along the pit-straight but was never able to get past. Barber and Stoddart upfront backed off slightly as they were unchallenged at the front and the pair eventually crossed the line two seconds apart. The race was incident-free and all 28 starters completed the 24 lap-race.

<pre> Results: 1. Westley Barber Comtec Racing with Duckhams 18m 13.499s 2. Susie Stoddart Comtec Racing with Duckhams +1.915s 3. Charles Hollings Fortec Motorsport +2.918s 4. Mike Conway Fortec Motorsport +3.026s 6. Oliver Jarvis Motaworld Racing +3.830s 5. Alex Storckenfeldt Mark Burdett Motorsport +4.405s 7. Paul Di Resta Manor Motorsport +5.454s 8. Joey Foster Motaworld Racing +6.097s 9. David Epton Motaworld Racing +7.957s 10. Stephen Simpson Team JLR +9.656s

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Joey Foster , Charles Hollings , Westley Barber , Alex Storckenfeld , Mike Conway , Oliver Jarvis , Stephen Simpson