UK 2000: Conway earns round 6 win

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UK 2000: Conway earns round 6 win

Mike Conway won a dramatic second race at Silverstone after initially conceding the lead on the first lap and then benefiting from a collision in front of him involving his closest rival so far for the championship, Comtec Racing with Duckhams ...

Mike Conway won a dramatic second race at Silverstone after initially conceding the lead on the first lap and then benefiting from a collision in front of him involving his closest rival so far for the championship, Comtec Racing with Duckhams driver Westley Barber,

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Photo by Mark Gledhill.
Conway's goal at the start was to block di Resta, an intention made clear by the angle at which his car was pointing on the grid, and he quickly pulled over to the inside of the track to defend his lead. Di Resta was able to withstand this attack and got past on the inside through Copse corner. Barber was in third position and the leading trio pulled away from the rest of the field.

Barber passed Conway in a clean manoeuvre on the inside at Abbey on lap six and then he set about chasing the leading Di Resta. James Gornall was lucky to avoid an accident when he was nudged into a spin at the fastest point of the circuit on the back straight, eventually coming to a rest on the grass and able to rejoin the race.

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Photo by Mark Gledhill.
Barber then tried to pass Di Resta at the Abbey hairpin on lap nine but the move went totally wrong and Barber left his braking way too late. The Comtec Racing with Duckhams car clipped the rear wheel of Di Resta's car, was launched into the air and hit the side of Di Resta's car. Both drivers were out on the spot and calmly walked away from their cars.

Charles Hollings was not so calm after he was hit by Josh Weber and both cars were sent spinning into the gravel. The Fortec driver ran over to Weber, who was still sitting in his car, and verbally made his feelings perfectly clear.

After a brief Safety Car period Conway was able to keep Stephen Simpson and Patrick Hogan behind him to cross the line one second ahead and take a somewhat fortunate victory and, more importantly, pull out a 47 point lead over Barber who failed to score in the race.

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