Wins for Phil Ingram and Rob Keogh on Sunday meant that all of the top three championship challengers in GRDC+ topped the podium as the series visited Zandvoort in the Netherlands.
Following Michael Crees’ victory in race one on Friday, the second of the weekend’s three encounters saw Triple V Racing’s Ingram win for the first time since his double at the Oulton Park season opener. Starting from second, Ingram followed polesitter Crees (Want2Race) closely for the opening laps, and such was the duo’s pace that for a time they had a gap on third-place man Keogh.
As the clock wound down, however, the trio were right together, with Ingram getting alongside Crees at several points on lap eight, then finally making the move stick under braking into the first hairpin. Keogh managed to follow him through, leaving the order at the flag Ingram, from Keogh, from Crees.
Behind them, Crees’ Want2Race team-mate Jack Oliphant started fifth and finished fourth, passing Ingram’s Triple V team-mate David Holloway in the process. Elsewhere, Team County End’s Richard Tetlow battled his way up from 10th on the grid and also found a way past eventual sixth-place finisher Holloway en route to fifth at the flag.
Phil McGarty made it two Team County End cars in the top 10 by bringing the #81 home in its starting position of seventh, while Ron Linn (Optimum), Shawn Fleming (SF Racing) and Paul Oliphant (Want2Race) completed the top 10.
Karim Sekkat ran as high as ninth during the race, but eventually wound up 11th after battles with SF Racing’s John Wall and eventual 15th-place finisher Nick Portlock. Positions 12, 13 and 14 went the way of Gary Wager (Fox Motorsport), Ben Low (Optimum) and Keith Sinclair.
Sunday afternoon’s race three was a reverse-grid affair as usual, with Paul Oliphant and Fleming leading the field away from the front row, ahead of Linn and McGarty. Oliphant still led when they came around after lap one, but Linn had moved to second and eventual winner Keogh was already up to third by then, having started ninth.
A spin at the start of lap two saw Oliphant drop out of contention and he would eventually finish 12th. After that lap, Crees, who’d started his race eighth, had joined the head of the field just behind Keogh. Before long Ingram had carved his way through from 10th on the grid and battle was joined for the remainder of the race, however the order remained the same at the flag.
Behind the leading trio, Tetlow improved on his earlier result to come home fourth, with Fleming, Linn and McGarty fifth, sixth and seventh.