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Ingram And Keogh Score Sunday Wins In GRDC+

Phil Ingram (Triple V Racing) and Rob Keogh won races two and three of the GRDC+ Brands Hatch weekend, held on Sunday in perfect conditions around the spectacular full Grand Prix layout of the Kent circuit.

Sunday morning’s race saw polesitter Michael Crees (Want2Race) get away well at the start and initially it looked like a repeat of Saturday evening’s battle between him and Keogh was in prospect.

Triple V Racing team-mates Ingram and David Holloway maintained formation on the first lap, but while Holloway concentrated on leading a gaggle of cars from fourth down to the lower reaches of the top 10, Ingram broke away and set off in pursuit of Keogh for second.

He took that position without delay and his next target was Crees in the lead. After several attempts, the move finally came on lap six, when Ingram got a better run through Clearways and pulled ahead at Paddock Hill Bend to move into the lead. Crees then focused on defending second from Keogh, something he managed to successfully do despite a last-lap passing attempt by the latter at Druids.

Ingram finished 1.5 seconds clear in first, while behind the top three Holloway maintained his fourth place pretty much for the duration, leading a battling pack that also included eventual fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth-place finishers Gary Wager (Fox Motorsport), Shawn Fleming (SF Racing), Paul Oliphant (Want2Race), Phil McGarty (Team County End) and Jack Oliphant (Want2Race), covered by just eight seconds at the flag.

Optimum Motorsport driver Ron Linn completed the top 10, finishing just ahead of Nick Portlock, John Wall, Keith Sinclair, Karim Sekkat and Ben Low. Elsewhere, Team County End driver Richard Tetlow unfortunately had to retire with damage after a fighting race that saw him make up seven positions on his grid slot of 20th on lap one, then make further passes to break into the top 10 before he had to pull into the pits with a damaged radiator.

The third race of the weekend, held on Sunday evening, was as usual a reverse-grid affair, with Optimum Motorsport’s Ron Linn starting from pole ahead of Want2Race’s Jack Oliphant in second.

The latter was in the lead by the end of the first lap, but by that point Keogh had already made his way to second from eighth on the grid.

Keogh only took another lap to wrest the lead from Oliphant, while at the same point eventual second-place finisher Ingram had made his way up to fourth from his starting position of 10th. He would also get past Linn and Oliphant and by the penultimate lap was within a second of race-leader Keogh, but the latter responded by upping the pace and had 1.2 seconds in hand by the flag.

Oliphant held on for third, but it was Team County End’s Richard Tetlow fourth after a fantastic charge through the field from 22nd on the grid, leading home a crowded midfield pack that also included Want2Race's Michael Crees, who got as high as fifth, battling with a damaged car after contact early in the race.

Also part of that group was Phil McGarty (Team County End), Paul Oliphant (Want2Race) and Linn, in sixth, seventh and eighth, with the top 10 rounded out by SF Racing man Shawn Fleming and Nick Portlock.