WRATHALL RECLAIMS G50 CUP LEAD AS ADAM AND MOORE SHARE THE WINS Jonathan Adam and Nigel Moore took a Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup race win apiece at Knockhill Circuit in Fife on Sunday, 5th September -- but with neither driver scoring due to their...
WRATHALL RECLAIMS G50 CUP LEAD AS ADAM AND MOORE SHARE THE WINS
Jonathan Adam and Nigel Moore took a Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup race win apiece at Knockhill Circuit in Fife on Sunday, 5th September -- but with neither driver scoring due to their 'guest' status, 2010 title contender Frank Wrathall moved back into the championship lead.
Taking full points for finishing second and third in rounds 21 and 22 respectively, Dynojet driver Wrathall departs Scotland with a nine point advantage over erstwhile series leader Carl Breeze. But with the category's double 'drop score' ruling taken into account, Wrathall's lead increases to a healthy 32 points.
For Breeze, the championship's annual visit north of the border was nothing short of a nightmare with a string of on-track problems conspiring to make the event his weakest of the year. He's now on the back-foot heading into the final two race meetings of the campaign -- Donington Park in two weeks' time and Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in October.
Commenting on his weekend's work, new G50 Cup leader Wrathall said: "Jonny (Adam) and Nigel (Moore) have been excellent this weekend so I had to use my head, sit behind them in the races and take maximum points. This hasn't been Carl's (Breeze) weekend but it's been perfect for me."
Local racer Adam, driving the 'VIP' guest car this weekend, delivered a supreme performance in the second of today's encounters. Leading from pole position, he saw off the early attention of Century Motorsport's Benji Hetherington pretty quickly and never looked back on his way to a dominant 8.6 second victory. He also posted the fastest lap of 53.411 seconds (85.68mph).
Behind the former Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship competitor was Moore who had to fight his way through past Hetherington into second place on lap two, having started fourth. Moore grabbed third from 2008 G50 Cup rival Wrathall on the first lap with a forceful move at Scotsman and after getting by Hetherington on the next lap, he achieved his third podium of the weekend.
Wrathall took third place from Hetherington on the second tour almost as soon as Moore had gone by the latter and the top four remained largely unchanged from that point -- with the exception of a slight moment for Moore at Clark's when he ran wide as he pushed hard. Wrathall shot past but Moore hit back on lap 16.
Adam Morgan took fifth place after a solid drive, finishing just 0.4 seconds shy of the group ahead, with Aaron Williamson ending his weekend on a high with a fine top six. Freddie Hetherington took seventh ahead of Joachim Ritter, the Switzerland-based Danish racer finishing as the top Total Control Racing driver after team-mate Breeze encountered problems on lap 12.
Running in eighth position and pressuring Freddie Hetherington ahead, as Breeze turned through the hairpin for the 12th time Mark Davies dived up the inside of ninth placed Williamson and he was unable to avoid tagging the rear of Breeze's car at the apex. Pitching the TCR man into a spin, he dropped outside the top 10 and was only able to salvage a ninth place finish in the end.
Speaking on his round 22 win, Adam said: "The pressure was on in that race! It's just fantastic to be back racing but to get a win in front of such a good home crowd is incredible. Thanks to everyone at Ginetta for the opportunity, it's been a great weekend and I've really enjoyed driving the G50."
Second placed Moore added: "It's been excellent. Racing against Frank (Wrathall) has been like 2008 all over again. The profile of the championship is getting higher and higher, I've really enjoyed the whole weekend."
In the opening race of the day, round 21, Moore scorched away from pole position but Wrathall caught him within a couple of laps and really worked hard to try and pressure the inaugural G50 Cup Champion into a mistake.
On lap six, his efforts paid off as he moved into the lead at Scotsman with a super pass but Moore continued to search for a way back past and on lap 11 at the hairpin he did just that by going through into first place.
Knowing he would score full points regardless of whether or not Moore won the race, Wrathall settled for second place around 1.5 seconds clear of Benji Hetherington. Adam fought through well from eighth on the grid to finish ahead of Freddie Hetherington, Tom Sharp and Colin White.
For Breeze, the race was another dent to his championship bid as he slid out of a podium challenging position on lap 21 at the hairpin under braking. He recovered back onto the track but another small moment at Leslie's dropped him down the order. In the end, Breeze finished 10th.
In the Chairman's Cup, Colin White took his customary place on the podium in round 21 with a great drive but in round 22 he went off on lap 17 at the chicane to leave the door wide open for series returnee Neil Houston to take his second success of the weekend.
The penultimate event on the 2010 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup race calendar will take place two weeks from now, 18th/19th September, at Donington Park in Leicestershire.
Provisional 2010 Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup Championship Positions (after Rd22): 1st Frank Wrathall, 608pts; 2nd Carl Breeze, 599pts; 3rd Benji Hetherington, 421pts; 4th Tom Sharp, 401pts; 5th Adam Morgan, 382pts; 6th Freddie Hetherington, 326pts