Chadwick And Brown Take Sunday GT5 Wins At Zandvoort

Ollie Chadwick repeated his Saturday race one victory and Lewis Brown triumphed in race three to cap off the Protyre Motorsport GT5 Challenge championship’s visit to Zandvoort in the Netherlands.

Chadwick started race two from pole and the Xentek Motorsport driver wasn’t passed for the duration of the seven-lap encounter, which ended with a dash through the last corner to the line after a safety-car period.

He was shadowed all the way by Optimum Motorsport’s Ollie Wilkinson, taking his second runner-up finish of the weekend, with the pair just 0.09 seconds apart at the flag. Richardson Racing’s Shane Stoney, meanwhile, started from third, but after a couple of laps’ pursuit had to nab the position back from Max Bird (Century Motorsport), who’d cross the line fourth.

Connor O’Brien (Optimum Motorsport) continued his strong weekend with another fifth place, ahead of Lewis Brown, who wound up sixth after starting almost from the back following race-one retirement. Xentek’s Simon Traves, Matt Palmer, Xentek’s Nick Zapolski and Optimum’s Steven Wells completed the top 10, ahead of Carlito Miracco, Want2Race’s Adrian Campbell-Smith (the top Am class finisher) and Niclas Harbig.

Like Brown, Team OneCall’s Katie Milner was another driver who started towards the back of the field after trouble in race one, fighting her way towards the top 10 early on. However, much of her work was undone later in the race when she spun avoiding Richard Evans (Quattro Motorsport) going off. Milner would eventually finish 14th, just in front of Alexander Holmberg and Jose Antonio Ledesma.

Evans’ trip to the gravel brought out the safety car that would run almost to the end of the race. It was called in with seemingly enough time for a final racing lap, but a canny Chadwick controlled the pace sufficiently for the clock to run down before the field crossed the finishing line – meaning that would be the chequered flag.

In the reverse-grid third race, Brown started fourth, was up to third by the end of lap one, second by the end of lap three and moved into the lead the next time around. Max Bird rose from sixth to second in the course of the race, while Matt Palmer successfully converted his front-row grid slot into third at the flag.

Simon Traves started third and finished fourth, while Ollie Chadwick made his way from ninth to fifth over the course of the shortened race, but was later penalised for a flag infringement, dropping him behind Stoney in the final results. Behind Wilkinson and Stoney were Connor O’Brien, Carlito Miracco and Ollie Wilkinson.

The race had to be ended under the safety car following a crash for Jose Antonio Ledesma. There was also a coming-together earlier in the race for Ledesma, Katie Milner and Angus Fender, after the latter spun in front of them exiting turn one.

Milner could rise no higher than 10th after the earlier contact, and she led home Steven Wells, Alex Toth-Jones and the once again top Am class finisher Adrian Campbell-Smith, who were 11th, 12th and 13th respectively. Fender, meanwhile, recovered from his spin to cross the line 15th.