Civic Cup Battle Continued At Brands Hatch

A triple header for the Civic Cup at a damp Brands Hatch Indy circuit saw first time winners and drama aplenty

Race One

Matt Luff made the most of his first pole in the series to take a commanding victory ahead of Alistair Camp who battled his way past Jamie Tonks and Dan Thackeray, it wasn’t enough for Camp to catch Luff as the pair traded fastest lap times. George Alp-Williams thought he had done enough to hold onto fourth but a five second track limit penalty dropped him down to seventh, this promoted Dave Buky up to fourth ahead of Thackeray who lost out to Buky in their battle. Ben Sharpe returning to the series started from the back due to engine problems but scythed his way through the field to finish eighth. The production class saw a strong start for Alfie Threlfall, initially Peter Dell led until a small tap from Mervyn Beckett sent him into the gravel at Druids, Beckett would recover to finish second ahead of Mark Hughes. 

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Race Two

The partial reverse grid, saw pole sitter Martin Dalzell quickly passed by Ben Sharpe and Thackeray. Buky, Camp, Luff and Alp-Williams all bunched behind Dalzell eventually pushed him back to seventh, Dalzell then spun coming out of druids stopping in the middle of the track causing a safety car. The bunched up grid saw Thackeray push Sharpe all the way to the flag, the pair pulled away from the bunch behind. Camp had worked his way past Buky only to have an off at Paddock Hill, recovering to sixth, Camp spun at Clearways a lap later ending his race. Luff finished in fourth promoting him to the top of the championship. Alfie Threlfall enjoyed another victory in the production class, he was followed home by his brother Harry, Peter Dell had a much better outing rounding out the podium, as Beckett suffered issues this time round. 

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Race Three

Luff had a slow getaway, ultimately this led to his retirement on lap one not the finish he would of wanted. Jamie Tonks took the lead initially with Camp hunting his down all the while. Lap four saw Camp make his move into the lead, a lead he wouldn’t relinquish to move back into the championship lead. Tonks stuck with Camp throughout the race with Alp-Williams making it three for the lead, however Tonks and Morgan Bailey were both hit with five second penalties for track limits. Tonks would finish in third as Phil Wright inherited fourth position thanks to Bailey’s penalty dropping him down to ninth. Alfie Threlfall finished his weekend off with another victory narrowly beating rival Beckett by just eight tenths ahead of Harry Threlfall as Mark Hughes spun out of podium contention and Simon Welch was denied his maiden podium thanks to Harry. 

Photo Credit: SJN Photography