Second win of 2013 for Cliffe at Brands Hatch GP
Tristan Cliffe led home Louis Hamilton-Smith and Alice Powell to take his second of the year.
It was a lights-to-flag win for Tristan Cliffe in tough conditions thanks to a downpour as the cars lined up for the green flag lap. A wet race was called, but Cliffe managed to keep a cool head to lead Louis Hamilton-Smith and Alice Powell home for his second win of the season.
The conditions ensured the race wasn't without incident and Nick Robinson's early spin on Graham Hill left him beached, requiring a safety car. That halted the advances of Henry Chart, who had initially had a poor getaway but was quickly past Craven. He was all over the tail of Robbie Watts and once the race was restarted they both went spinning at Graham Hill Bend. Chart came off worst, finally getting back underway in last position.
At the front, Cliffe managed the getaway as perfectly as he had the start but was matched by Hamilton-Smith and Powell, who stayed with him throughout. The gap ebbed and flowed but Cliffe had enough to keep the chasing two at bay on the drying track. Powell appeared to be most at ease but the chance to make it pay didn't materialise.
Chart and Watts' synchronised spinning gave Alex Craven fourth, where he stayed to the flag. He couldn't match the pace of those in front and came home nearly 20 seconds back.
The tenth-starting Stuart Wiltshire had a brilliant return, running as high as fifth before losing out to the recovering Watts to finish sixth. Dave Karaskas took yet another win in the Trophy 07 Class ahead of Jonathan Weston-Taylor.
James Ledamun's spin brought the race to an early close, two minutes from time taking his Trophy 07 podium with it.
With an obvious dry line at the end, each driver set their fastest lap on the final lap. The top three start tomorrow's race as they finished, with Henry Chart starting fourth. James Cross will start fifth, Mark Harrison sixth.
- Tristan Cliffe - 8 laps
- Louis Hamilton-Smith - +0.727
- Alice Powell - +1.054
- Alex Craven - +19.962
- Robbie Watts - +20.900
- Stuart Wiltshire - +24.351
- Mark Harrison - +24.754
- Dave Karaskas (Trophy 07) - +25.474
- James Cross - +27.171
- Chris Headlam - +29.161
Race two takes place at 12.35 on Sunday.