Darelle Wilson and Bradley Kent share wins at Castle Combe
Darelle Wilson and Bradley Kent each claimed victory in the second TCR UK Touring Car Trophy meeting at Castle Combe, with Lewis Kent extending his points lead after a nightmarish round for Max Hart.
Qualifying, which was marked by a long standstill due to an incident for one of the Volkswagen Cup cars, saw Hart dominate the times behind the wheel of his Hyundai i30 N TCR after beating Jac Constable’s Cupra for the first place on the grid. .
Dan Kirby finished third ahead of Lewis and Bradley Kent, the top six being completed by the return of Darelle Wilson.
When the race started, the Constable got off to the best start to take the lead in front of Hart before the race was put on guard after a final turn clash between rookie Alex Kite and the hapless Will Powell, who was recovered by Kite’s Cupra when it underwent a spin.
Constable led Hart, Lewis Kent and Wilson when action resumed and the Cupra man quickly found himself under pressure for the lead, with the top two parting with Kent, Wilson and Kirby behind.
Wilson gave Quarry a good shot in the second lap after the restart to move up to third place while in front Hart was finally able to find a way past the leading Constable.
Once ahead, Hart quickly widened a gap on Constable and the Cupra driver was then hit with a ten second penalty after being judged his start had been a bit too good and the PMR man was gone. too early.
Hart took the checkered flag first for what looked like his second victory of the campaign, but was later ruled out after the race for a technical infraction, which handed the victory to Wilson despite enormous pressure from Lewis and Bradley Kent behind; the latter having crossed the DSG Cupra of Bruce Winfield in the last lap.
Darron Lewis, in the race’s first NGTC spec car, took fifth, with the agent’s penalty leaving him sixth.
The reverse grid saw Lewis on pole for the second race ahead of Winfield and it was the Mercedes that remained in the lead despite Winfield’s best efforts for the first time at Quarry.
The first two moved away briefly, but Lewis and Bradley quickly closed and dispatched the Cupra in the third round, with Hart following them as he crossed the pitch from behind after his previous exclusion.
The Kent brothers then proceeded to fight in front of Lewis for the lead and quickly fought in front of the Mercedes, with Hart following suit – only to then pull away at the last corner and give way back to the man from Team HARD.
When Hart then decided to take third place a second time, contact with the rear of Lewis’ Mercedes caused damage that would put him into retirement – and ultimately lead to Hart’s exclusion from the results.
Up front, the fight between the Kent brothers would end with Bradley regaining the lead as he secured his first win in the series ahead of his older brother – and the defending champion – with Hart excluded from third. place of the match. road promoting Winfield to third place.
Kite took fourth place on his first TCR arrival, with William Butler and Wilson completing the top six. Daniel Wylie was the only other TCT class finisher as he took the flag one lap with Constable and Kirby both forced to retire.