KENT AND CROOK GRAB FIRST SUPER SERIES WINS AT SNETTERTON

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Two more winners notched up onto the Super Series tally for 2019! - Photo: Jon Elsey

Three more names were added to the very growing list of winners in the recent rounds of the 2019 BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Super Series, as the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk kicked off the second half of the year in superb style.

Matt Pickford impressed the paddock when he obtained his first Super Series pole position in qualifying on Sunday morning, with Jeremy Crook’s new BC Cars Motorsport prepared car lining up for Race 1 on the front row alongside him. Simon Orange and Darren Kell would form the second row of the grid ahead of Simon Fleet and the returning Patrick Collins, while young chargers Bradley Kent and Declan Lee made up Row 4 behind them.

Crook was able to jump into the lead from the opening lap and pull out a gap of just over 3 seconds, before an incident between Patrick Collins and Alex Miller left the latter stranded on the kerb at Nelson brought out the safety car. After a short period to clear Miller’s car, the race got back underway but drama quickly unfolded when an incident at Wilson Hairpin left Natalie Brookes’ car stranded in the middle of the track on the exit. With the race almost finished, the decision was taken to throw the red flag and declare the result, therefore giving Jeremy Crook his first ever Super Series victory. Matt Pickford claimed a well-earned 2nd place with Simon Orange collecting the final podium spot, ahead of Simon Fleet and Bradley Kent in the rest of the top 5. Darren Kell took 6th place, ahead of Russ Lindsay, Declan Lee, George Grant and Clive Powles.

In the second race, Bradley Kent got a flying start from 5th on the grid to take the lead before the end of the opening lap. From there, Crook kept up a pursuit of the lead and had an opportunity to potentially grab the lead back when the second safety car of the day was called when both Matt Pickford retired on the same lap. With the pack closed up, Kent tried to get away on the restart and managed to remain ahead on the first tour around at racing speeds, but Crook seized an opportunity to snatch the lead on the penultimate lap. However, Kent produced a super last lap effort to reclaim the place and clinch his first Super Series victory with Crook resided to a still excellent 2nd place. Simon Orange took 3rd place with Collins in 4th, while Alex Miller faired much better than Race 1 with the final top 5 place. Clive Powles clinched 6th place from Grant, Lindsay, O’Reilly and Fleet.

Bradley Kent then went on to deliver the most dominant performance of the day, as he started from pole courtesy of his Race 2 victory. From the opening lap, Kent was able to stretch out a mega 2.3 second lead and didn’t let up until the chequered flag. Lapping at least a second quicker than the rest of the pack, Kent dominated proceedings to win the final race of the weekend and captured the chequered flag by more than 13 seconds! Simon Orange and Jeremy Crook enjoyed a duel for 2nd place in the first half of the race before Simon claimed the place for his own, while Patrick Collins worked well to move up from 5th to 3rd to take the final podium spot. Miller collected 4th place from Powles in 5th, followed by Lindsay, Fleet, Crook, Lee and Grant.

Next up, the Super Series heads to Oulton Park in August – who will be the next winner in the 2019 season?

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Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Brian Chandler 0
2 Joseph Marshall-Birks 0
3 James Kell 0