4 July 2018
The Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen Racing car driven by Colin Noble and Tony Wells secured their second victory of the weekend this afternoon after Jack Butel suffered a technical issue while leading in the Speedworks Motorsport Ligier. In the second half of the race Butel was leading from Noble, but a power failure dropped the youngster, sharing with Dominic Paul, into fourth place.
“It was very unfortunate for Jack,” Noble said. “I feel like we did have the pace to be running at the front. It was just a matter of whether or not he was going to make a mistake before the end of the race, and he was driving a good race. I don’t know I may have got him the last few laps.”
“Quali didn’t go as well as I hoped, we had a tyre pressure problem,” explained Wells. “I slotted into second, and got away with a couple of seconds, but you just can’t pass around here, so I went around for half an hour and then I boxed and we had 20 seconds on everyone else but it is a very tricky place to pass if someone doesn’t make a mistake.”
Second place went to Bonamy Grimes, who also was awarded the Sunoco Award as the fastest Am driver of the weekend, and Johnny Mowlem, in the Red River Sport / Nielsen Racing machine.
“It was a nice clean start. Dominic went slightly early and caught me off guard,” said Grimes. “I was learning the car again – the handling seems to change on this quite a lot and I knew I had to get a gap from behind. The Norma is really, really quick when Bradley gets into it.”
“We made a change in the car after qualifying,” added Mowlem. “It was not great in the race, so I struggled to try and keep Bradley behind. I only had an 11 second lead which sounds like a lot, but with Bradley in that Norma is tricky. I was pushing hard but I couldn’t manage the times I had yesterday.”
After setting the fastest laps at the end of the race, Bradley Smith and Duncan Williams finished in third place after suffering some slight issues with their Norma.
“It was a bit of a lonely race,” admitted Williams. “I was just trying to make sure the car was in one piece for Bradley to get in and get the quickest lap. We haven’t got a good set up, so you’re always compromising. Bradley can drive around compromises, but I like a car that I feel happy with.”
“We had a bit of a gap to try to make up, so went out at the start and pushed myself as hard as I could,” said Smith, who picked up the Sunoco Award as fastest Pro driver. “The car was a lot better than yesterday, so the team have worked really hard to make some good improvements.”
Results race two
1 – Tony Wells / Colin Noble – Ecurie Ecosse / Nielsen Racing (Ligier JS P3)
2 – Bonamy Grimes / Johnny Mowlem – Red River Sport / Nielsen Racing (Ligier JS P3)
3 – Duncan Williams / Bradley Smith – Mectech Motorsport (Norma M30)