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Croft Highlights

Kwik Fit | Sunday 16th June 2019 6:45pm

BMWs in the pit lane at Croft Circuit

Ahead of Croft, Colin Turkington and Rory Butcher were level on points at the top of the table. As the ‘King of Croft’, Turkington was looking to repeat his success this season. However, Ash Sutton would be hoping to challenge him after his double race wins at the Circuit last year. Sam Tordoff sees Croft as his home track and was hoping to make an impression with his home fans.

Qualifying

The dramatic qualifying session saw five red flags. Many of the flags occurred as safety barriers were hit by drivers. The most serious incident occurred when Rory Butcher swerved into the safety barrier. The joint championship leader going into Croft would have been hoping for better luck in the races on Sunday.

Andrew Jordan has had mixed fortunes this season, from race wins to heavy accidents, Jordan has experienced it all. Croft started well for Jordan as he topped the time sheets in both free practice one and two. A disjointed qualifying session, which saw a record five red flags, meant that Jordan kept pole for race one on Sunday. New rules mean that drivers that cause a red flag in qualifying lose their fastest lap time up to that point and cannot record any additional lap times. Although this was a slight worry for Jordan as he caused the final red flag, his second fastest lap time was still enough to keep him on pole.

Chris Smiley and Tom Chilton took second and third positions on the grid. With many drivers struggling to record lap times due to the red flags and changing weather conditions, the stage was set for a dramatic day of racing as fast drivers found themselves towards the back of the grid.

Race 1

With Jordan starting race one on pole, he was hoping to hold off Smiley and Chilton starting in second and third positions. The top three remained in their starting positions as Jordan finished in first place ahead of Chris Smiley and Tom Chilton in second and third positions on the podium. Jordan made a good start to the race and was able to maintain a comfortable lead throughout the race in spite of the incidents occurring further down the field.

Lap 6 saw Ollie Jackson of Motorbase lose 6th position. Dan Cammish didn't hesitate to make his move as Jackson made contact with the safety barrier. This lead to the safety car coming out. After the restart, Sam Tordoff quickly made his way past Senna Proctor into 15th place. Four drivers were involved in the battle for second and third position, Smiley, Chilton, Turkington and Oliphant. Smiley and Chilton managed to fend off the challenges of Turkington and Oliphant to join Jordan on the podium. After his accident at Donington, Jordan will be happy to be back on the podium at Croft.

Race 2

It was a double victory for Andrew Jordan as he won the second race at Croft. This time, his lead was under a greater threat as Colin Turkington picked up the pace and recorded the fastest lap of the race. Chilton, who began the race in third, quickly found himself towards the back of the pack as he span at the chicane. This allowed Turkington to move into third early on. There was a fierce battle between Turkington and Smiley for second place and Smiley managed to defend his position from Turkington's early efforts. However, Turkington eventually managed to pass Smiley and challenge his team mate for top spot. In the last few laps, Turkington clawed back time on Jordan but it wasn't enough and Jordan  recorded his second win of the day.

Race 3

The unpredictable weather conditions before the race meant that tyre choice was an important decision for the drivers. The start of the race saw drivers struggle on slicks. Tom Chilton was drawn on pole position and managed to hold his lead and finish first. He was followed by Josh Cook and Jason Plato in second and third. At lap 19, the top 3 drivers were close with only 1.3 seconds separating them. However, Chilton successfully managed the race and held his lead.

Charity Track Walk

In spite of the heavy rain, fans and drivers completed a charity track walk of the circuit to raise money for Children with Cancer UK and Alzheimer’s Society. The money raised during the walk will go to supporting these two charities in their crucial work. Over the year, we are aiming to raise £1 million for Children with Cancer UK to help them in their vital work in keeping families together. Keep an eye on our social channel to see the fundraising activities planned. You can also follow the Facebook page of your local centre to see what's coming up in your area.


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