Dino Zamparelli (Redline Racing) maintained his lead of the
The undulating 1.3-mile circuit at Knockhill is famed for producing exciting racing and it did not disappoint with two action-packed
Peter Mangion (Team Parker Racing) took two category wins to snatch the lead of the Am championship from close rival Peter Kyle-Henney (IN2 Racing) who endured a difficult weekend of racing. Mangion was followed home in both races at Knockhill by Iain Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing) and Shamus Jennings (G-Cat Racing). There are now ten points between Mangion and Kyle-Henney at the top of the Am category points table.
Wet conditions set the scene for a dramatic opening race at Knockhill, 17-year-old
Starting the race on grooved wet weather tyres the entire field got away evenly from the grid despite the slippery conditions, Harper heading Plato and championship leader Dino Zamparelli (Redline Racing) into Duffus Dip. Of the Pro-Am drivers Seb Perez (Amigos Team Parker) moved ahead of Esmee Hawkey (GT Marques) slotting into second place in the category behind Dan Vaughan (Motorbase Performance). In Am Peter Kyle-Henney (IN2 Racing) overtook championship rival Peter Mangion (Team Parker Racing) to lead the category fight with Iain Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing) in third.
Early into the race the leading pair caught a back marker and Plato used it to his advantage, mounting a run on Harper to snatch the overall lead of the race. Almost immediately the Safety Car neutralised proceedings to allow the recovery of two stricken vehicles from different gravel traps – Fraser Robertson (Redline Racing) from Taylor’s Hairpin and Jamie Orton (JTR) from Clark’s corner. Orton’s exit from the race made the Pro-Am order Vaughan, Perez, and Hawkey. At the restart Plato and Harper pulled a gap on Zamparelli in P3, but the Junior soon executed a move to retake the race lead from Plato – the pair ran side by side all the way from Clark’s into the final corner, Harper edging ahead.
On lap 17 Plato left the track at the hairpin, this promoted Zamparelli to P2 and his title rival Tio Ellinas (Slidesports Engineering) to P3 overall after a battle with Tom Wrigley (JTR) – Plato rejoined to continue his race. On lap 22 Ellinas momentarily left the track at Clark’s rejoining directly in front of Wrigley in P4, however the Cypriot managed to defend his podium spot with the Pro order ahead remaining unchanged. Harper crossed the line to claim the second victory of his
In the final moments of the race Am category leader Kyle-Henney was involved in contact with another car causing him to visit the gravel trap. As a result this allowed Mangion through to take victory from Dockerill with Shamus Jennings (G-Cat Racing) securing the final category podium position. Kyle-Henney eventually managed to continue his race to cross the line fifth in category securing four championship points.
As part of the 2018 podium procedure, overall winner Harper selected at random the number 4 ball, which reverses the grid positions of the top four overall race finishers from round eleven. This formed the starting grid for round twelve; Gamble, Ellinas, Zamparelli, Harper.
The second race at Knockhill started under the Safety Car due to wet weather conditions. On lap four the Safety Car withdrew and racing commenced with all runners holding station in their respective grid slots. George Gamble (Amigos Team Parker) led Tio Ellinas (Slidesports Engineering) and Dino Zamparelli (Redline Racing) at the front of the pack, all three were covered by just half a second for a number of laps.
Of the Pro-Am runners Seb Perez (Amigos Team Parker) led the category from Dan Vaughan (Motorbase Performance) and Dan Welch (Welch Motorsport). In the Am category the winner of Round Eleven, Peter Mangion (Team Parker Racing), led Iain Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing) with Shamus Jennings (G-Cat Racing) in third as they gradually explored the available grip.
On lap 15
As the leading cars lapped back markers, Rookie Gamble grew his lead at the front of the race to seven seconds, meanwhile Harper put increasing pressure on Ellinas closing that gap to within 0.386s. On the final lap Ellinas ran wide out of Duffus Dip, Harper drew alongside him as Ellinas rejoined the track through Leslie’s, Harper making a clean pass for second place at Scotsman corner. Gamble took the chequered flag to claim the third victory of his
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