Cliffe completes perfect weekend with race two win
Tristan Cliffe stormed to the win in this weekend's race two to wrap up a perfect weekend at Brands Hatch on the Grand Prix circuit.
Tristan Cliffe stormed to the win in this weekend's race two to wrap up a perfect weekend at Brands Hatch on the Grand Prix circuit. The win made it two wins, two poles, two fastest laps, and a lap record.
Conditions could hardly have been more different to those of race one, and Cliffe's start was likewise. Louis Hamilton-Smith got away well and into the lead, but behind drew much of the attention. Alex Craven started seventh, but by turn one he was up into third and ahead of championship rival Alice Powell. A jump start was called and 10 seconds added to his time only for it to be overturned after the race.
Hamilton-Smith and Cliffe quickly disappeared and Cliffe made it up the inside into Paddock Hill on lap three. The pace from qualifying was clearly still there and Cliffe streaked away into the distance setting fastest lap after fastest lap. The lap record fell and then went again, giving Cliffe a 13 second lead at the flag despite admitting he began backing off.
As Cliffe disappeared, Craven was catching Hamilton-Smith and at the time expecting to be penalised by 10 seconds. Powell slipped off the back of Craven having settled for what was then third. Henry Chart had a lonely race in fifth, 12 seconds behind Powell and 20 seconds clear of the squabbling pack behind.
That pack provided some brilliant racing and it was debutant Chris Headlam who came out on top. He claimed sixth from James Cross on lap five and managed to pull away while Robbie Watts looked for a way into seventh. The opportunity didn't present itself leaving Watts to settle for eighth ahead of Mark Harrison. Dave Karaskas took the Trophy 07 Class honours once more ahead of Jonathan-Weston Taylor.
Stuart Wiltshire and Tony Bishop had been adding their presence to that midfield battle until they ended up in the gravel at Paddock Hill five laps from the end.
The win for Cliffe drags him even more into the championship fight, and as Craven and Powell cancelled each other's weekend out, the second half of the season could hardly be set up any better.
- Tristan Cliffe - 15 laps
- Louis Hamilton-Smith - +13.306
- Alex Craven - +13.555
- Alice Powell - +15.692
- Henry Chart - +28.389
- Chris Headlam - +48.925
- James Cross - +57.846
- Robbie Watts - +58.300
- Mark Harrison - +1:05.283
- Dave Karaskas - +1:17.455
Photo credit Jonathan Hatfield