Mixed fortunes for podium pair

Henry Chart enjoyed an upturn in fortunes at Silverstone for round three, unlike the man he battled with all race for second, Louis Hamilton-Smith.

Henry Chart enjoyed an upturn in fortunes at Silverstone for round three, unlike the man he battled with all race for second, Louis Hamilton-Smith.

The pair fought almost from the start, initially with Chart fending off Hamilton-Smith. Roles were reversed on lap three, but Chart was able to capitalise on the reappearance of Hamilton-Smith's misfire by stealing second on the final lap.

While the misfire became audibly clear on the final lap, Hamilton-Smith later explained it was much worse: "I had it all the way through the race. It just got worse and worse and worse and when I got to the end it was really bad. I've been having it since Snetterton and it was just getting worse.

"It's annoying. The weather wasn't too bad, the misfire was the main problem."

Henry Chart's race was relatively trouble-free, though he was disappointed to lose out to Tristan Cliffe at the start. Cliffe later spun in the wet with an underlying problem, promoting the battling Chart and Hamilton-Smith to second and third

"I had a good start," Chart said, "although Tristan got past me which was annoying. The first time I'd started the car was then on the grid so it was a bit of baptism of fire, but it was fun.

"It was quite interesting halfway through the race when the rain started to come down. It got really slippery so I was being cautious and thinking about not chucking it off as opposed to going any further."

Chart descirbed his approach to this weekend as "damage limitation", but he was pleased to bag a good haul of points while he waits for his Cup 07 Class car to return. Hamilton-Smith too can take comfort in his continued run of 12 podiums from his prevous 14 races.

The pair could well resume their fight in today's round four at 11:45 today. Henry Chart lines up third, one spot ahead of Hamilton-Smith in fourth.

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Photo credit Jonathan Hatfield / JDH Motorsport Photography