At Silverstone this afternoon, after what became a very ill-tempered race, Marko Asmer (Hitech Racing) extended his championship lead yet again with his ninth win of the series. After another good second placed run, Maro Engel (Carlin ...
At Silverstone this afternoon, after what became a very ill-tempered race, Marko Asmer (Hitech Racing) extended his championship lead yet again with his ninth win of the series. After another good second placed run, Maro Engel (Carlin Motorsport) moves back up into the runner-up slot, and Greg Mansell (Fortec Motorsport) was 3rd on his second visit to the podium this season. In a carbon copy of the morning's result, Sergio Perez (T- Sport) again won the National Class category, but this time Frankie Cheng (Performance Racing) managed to remain in touch to keep his own title hope alive a little longer.
After a clean start by all and sundry, pole-sitter Asmer got away nicely, with Engel again forced to follow the flying Estonian. The Carlin team had made a change to the German's car in an attempt to find the missing tenth of a second that he needed, but it had resulted instead in an apparent loss of a second tenth. Sometimes you just can't win, it seems. However, it could have been far worse, because behind them Michael Devaney (Ultimate Motorsport) was having a bit of a scuffle with Atte Mustonen (Raikkonen Robertson Racing), the Finn trying to go round the outside at Beckets and instead ending up in the gravel. By the time he'd scrambled back on, he was 20th which wasn't what he had in mind. In the resulting wobble, Mansell managed to squeeze Devaney out where Mustonen couldn't. Rodolfo Gonzalez (T-Sport) and Sebastian Hohenthal (Fortec Racing) were both on the move and making progress, while Esteban Guerrieri (Ultimate Motorsport) was not, and he was badly swamped in the early stages. In the National class, Perez was already leading from Cheng, while Guerrieri sorted himself out a bit to take a place from Jonathan Kennard (Raikkonen Robertson Racing).
Behind Asmer, Engel and Mansell, Devaney was now holding off Gonzalez, while just behind them Alberto Valerio (Carlin Motorsport) had a queue of his own, while he tried to find a way past Hohenthal. All lined up waiting to take their turn at passing the Swede after Valerio got through with him were also Sam Bird (Carlin Motorsport), Stephen Jelley (Raikkonen Robertson Racing), Mario Moraes (Carlin Motorsport) and Niall Breen (Carlin Motorsport), each of them wanting to find a way through. Bird seemed particularly determined to get ahead at the first possible opportunity.
Elsewhere, the M people were variously having an adventurous time, with Mustonen fighting his way back up to 16th, and then gaining even more places to fetch up in 13th behind team-mate Kennard, while further up the order Moraes was awarded a penalty for a jump start, which meant that Breen didn't really need to pass him to gain the place. It wasn't just the Ms, though, with Walter Grubm