PICKFORD & HUTCHINGS ADD TO 2019 SUPER SERIES WINNERS AT DONINGTON

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Pickford (#16) and his team were delighted with his first two Super Series victories - Photo: Jon Elsey

With a combined grid with the MX-5 SuperCup, the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Super Series had three more entertaining races as the drivers visited Donington Park on the GP circuit with the prospect of new winners to take the number of different victors into double figures.

Matt Pickford continued his steady progression in his form and pace with the fastest time from qualifying to give him pole position for Race 1 for the second time this season. Simon Fleet picked up a front-row slot alongside him, while newcomer Simon Hutchings would start his first Super Series race from 3rd on the grid next to Clive Powles on the second row, followed by Declan Lee, Alex Miller and Christina Holley.

Pickford got the jump at the start of Race 1 while Powles bounded from 4th to 2nd place in the opening lap, but despite giving chase it was Pickford who had the race under control. Fleet managed to steal 2nd place on Lap 5 from Powles, although sadly the #15 wouldn't see the flag and Powles was forced to retire with mechanical problems. Soon enough, new boy Hutchings was on the tail of the top two and managed to find a way around Fleet to move up to 2nd place with a few laps to go. Meanwhile in front, Pickford kept command on the race from the lead and reeled off the last few tours of the GP circuit to finally clinch a long-awaited first overall race win in a Mk3 MX-5, to his and team boss Brian Chandler's delight. For 2nd place, Fleet managed to repass Hutchings on the last lap to grab 2nd place back again, but Hutchings was still very pleased to pick up a podium on his debut race. Another impressive drive came from Christina Holley who scored 4th place ahead of Alex Miller, with another newcomer Adam Rowlandson finishing in 6th place from Jim Hart, David O'Reilly and Liz Walton.

In the second race, Pickford again grabbed and held the lead from pole with Fleet and Hutchings once again giving chase, only this time they were much closer with both drivers ensuring the #16 was kept firmly in their sights. Fleet's charge would only last five laps and he hit troubles of his own, leaving Pickford and Hutchings to fight it out between them. Despite Simon's best efforts, Hutchings didn't ultimately have the pace on this occasion to overhaul Pickford, who again reeled off the laps one by one to drive to his second win in a row. Hutchings managed to go a step higher on the podium with 2nd place and Alex Miller managed to stealthily move his way into 3rd place ahead of a recovering Clive Powles after his mechanical issues, and Christina Holley once again in the top 5. The Super Series finishers were completed by Lee, Rowlandson, O'Reilly, Hart and Walton.

Pickford now had his sights firmly set on securing the hat-trick, but Hutchings clearly had other ideas. From the word go, he took the lead while Pickford ended up slipping behind Powles to end the first lap in 3rd place and with work to do to climb back into race-winning contention. Powles did well to keep Hutchings in his sights until a spin on Lap 6 pushed him down the order and eventually saw him wind up 5th at the chequered flag. This not only benefitted Pickford but also a charging Simon Fleet, as he hunted down and passed the double race winner to claim 2nd place, but by this time the lead was out of reach. In what was something of a dream first weekend, Hutchings went on to clinch his first Super Series win in only his first weekend, giving him the incentive to return for the final rounds at Silverstone in a few weeks' time. Fleet and Pickford completed the podium behind him, while Miller and Powles completed the top 5 with Holley, Rowlandson, Hart, Walton and O'Reilly taking the flag behind them.

Now there's just one more weekend left to go and while there's no championship at stake, Silverstone's International circuit is sure to put on three incredible final races to round off what has been a super competitive 2019 season!

Scott Woodwiss

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Silverstone (International) - 5th - 6th Oct 2019

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Donington Park (GP) 17th - 18th Aug 2019

Current Standings

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