Cian Collects Second Silverstone Silverware
Cian Carey secured a second Silverstone National win this morning
The second race of the weekend saw Tony Bishop line up on pole position again after his flying qualifying session the day before; Cian Carey was alongside on the front row.
Drama unfolded before the race even began, as Phillip Jeans’ F312 stalled on him during the green flag lap. Although he was able to restart the car and get going again, the rest of the grid had passed him so he would be forced to start at the back. The issue also caused a delayed start, but all was well on the second formation lap and the cars lined up for the start.
As the red lights went out, Carey got the better of Bishop, who had a better start than on Saturday but was unable to make the most of his pole spot. Into the first corner at Copse, the leading pack was Carey, Wiltshire, Kelly and Bishop.
Within a couple of laps, newcomer Darragh Daly was up to fourth, with Patrick Jeans also jumping Bishop up to fifth. Wiltshire wasted no time attacking Carey, the leading pair posting almost identical lap times.
Kelly joined the battle on and off, aiming to preserve his tyres and trying to find some clean air to optimise his passing chances. He couldn’t relax though, as Daly and Patrick Jeans were soon on his tail and waiting to take advantage of the slightest mistake.
Through the middle portion of the race Kelly controlled his pace well, keeping consistent gaps in front and behind to secure his valuable championship points. Behind him however the battle between Daly and Jeans was heating up, and as the pack began to reach the back markers the pair were nose to tail with Jeans itching to get past.
In the closing minutes, Kelly lifted his pace slightly to approach Wiltshire, but Carey in the lead was in full control of the race. A number of fights emerged further back, with Mark Harrison, George Line and Dave Gillett locked in battle and likewise Roberto Tirone with Baptiste Leonard.
As the chequered flag fell Carey took his second win of the weekend, his third in a row, with Wiltshire and Kelly completing the podium. Daly held off Patrick Jeans until the very end to claim fourth place.
Receiving his trophy from Eric Brigham, representing the championship’s official timing partner Marchand Watch Company, Carey said, “After yesterday, I made sure I wasn’t going to tire out today so once I got the second, second-and-a-half gap I just got comfortable and I could keep pushing on. Last night Chris [Dittmann, team manager] was saying he got three wins in a row so I’m two down, one to go!”
Looking ahead, Wiltshire said, “One more race to go, looking for that win. I’m starting from two spaces cleaner on the grid, I’ve got a good start and he [Carey] is a bit slow off the line so I should be able to get him easy!”
Kelly mused, “A good start, I tucked in behind Stuart [Wiltshire] but I suffered a little bit with the rears so we’ll get the car back and see what we can do for the last race. The pace was there so we just maybe need a slightly more stable car for the next one.”