Jelley makes amends with Brands winPosted: April 3, 2011
Stephen jelley made up for his mistake in race one yesterday by claiming a comfortable lights to flag win in Sunday’s Carrera Cup race.
Jelley got the perfect start as the lights went out to hold off Euan Hankey and James Sutton as they completed lap one, which ended behind the safety car after a three car pile-up on the pit straight behind them mid pack.
Yesterday’s Pro-Am 1 winner Rory Butcher got a heap of wheelspin away from the line and edged across to the right of the road where Alex Martin was up the inside, the pair clashing wheels and sending Butcher spinning into the innocent Ahmad Al Harthy, putting Butcher and Martin out of the race.
Hankey was never more than a few seconds away from Jelley, but he had his moments mid-race when an over-excitable use of the kerbs and grass at Surtees gave James Suton a chance to challenge for second place, but the top three would finish as they were.
Tim Harvey suffered no dramas on this occassion but could not match the pace of the top three after passing Sam Tordoff for fourth at the start, and will lie eight in the standings a full 25 points already behind championship leader Jelley.
After being involved in the first lap accident, Al Harthy’s race went from bad to worse when he slammed into the back of Daniele Perfetti’s car under braking at clearways which after the quick synchronized spin left Al Harty’s Porsche crabbing back to the pits with suspension damage.
The Pro-Am 2 class was full of it’s own share of incidents; Richard Denny causing a quick second safety car after beaching his car in the Clearways gravel trap after contact with Keith Webster, while Steve Parish’s attempt to pass Webster late in the race ended in the gravel at Paddock Hill bend.
George Brewster again took the class honours, while Pro-Am 1 was comfortably taken by Jonas Gelzinis after the demise of his ain rivals at the start.