Snetterton Race 2 – Laithwaite all the way
Once again it was Simon Shaw who lead into turn one as race two of the Dunlop Sport MAXX Cup got underway, Gusterson was second but a mistake by Shaw at turn two at Sear has him going wide allowing Gusterson, Hollamby and Wallbank to pass him. So Shaw goes from first to fourth on lap one
Gusterson lead as they crossed the line to start lap two but an audacious move by Hollamby sees him go around the outside of the Renault Megane at turn one to take over at the front
Then it was Wallbank’s turn to pass Gusterson while Thorne, again carrying the ten second penalty, is up to seventh and nine seconds behind the lead car. Miller meanwhile leads Laithwaite in class B
As they begin lap four Shaw rejoins the fray after pitting while Hollamby is under increasing pressure from Wallbank and it eventually pays off for Astra man who takes the lead at turn one on lap five. Gusterson is less than a second down in third with Allison a further three tenths behind in fourth.
Thorne meanwhile is up to fifth as they lap five commences and looking to bridge and eight second gap to Allison
At the front Wallbank puts one point two seconds between himself and Hollamby, while Gusterson and Allison are right on the SEAT man’s case in third and fourth respectively
There’s one heck of a scrap taking place in class B, Miller and Laithwaite and then Clarke not far off in third place, just trailing by a couple of seconds but the attention is once again drawn towards Thorne who is now four seconds behind the top four.
Laithwaite then takes Miller on lap six while Thorne is up to third on lap seven and then second on lap eight. There’s also a change further back in the order with Allison passing Gusterson to go fourth
Wallbank still lead as they completed lap eight but the gap back to Thorne is barely two tenths and it’s no surprise when Thorne then takes the lead. Laithwaite meanwhile has pulled a second and a half out on Miller in class B
So with three minutes left on the clock and Thorne still leading, four seconds ahead of Wallbank who is two ahead of Hollamby and he in turn has a gap of three tenths between himself and Gusterson. Allison is a further four seconds down in fifth with Laithwaite still maintaining that second and a half ahead of Miller
As the flag is waved to signal the end of the race, Thorne crosses the line first with Wallbank second but he’s slowing and just manages to see off the threat of Hollamby and Gusterson
“Martin found some speed that time,” said Thorne, following win number two. “I tried to be a bit more conservative in my driving especially after my embarrassing spin in the first race. Thoroughly enjoyable.”
“I had a bit of straight-line speed and the overall package was much better this time around,” said Wallbank. “We’re going to do some testing and get the car firing even quicker.”
“Adrian drove a really good race,” said class B winner Laithwaite. “When I saw him coming I knew it would be a fight and it was. Last year was a toe in the water for me as far as this series was concerned but we’re doing the whole championship this time around and as we lead the class then it looks like a good decision!”